Comcast Cable

It’s pretty easy to hate Comcast. After all, it’s a faceless, soulless corporate behemoth — one of the six largest media conglomerates on the planet, in fact, up there with Disney and Clear Channel. There’s also surely an anteroom in hell set aside for cable technicians who give you a four-hour service window and show up three hours and 55 minutes into it. And like it or not, we are all Comcast’s bitches (or its competitors’), and it’s simple human nature to chafe at the shackle. We cough up their ransom each month to keep the pop culture monkey on our backs fed, but we hate them for debasing us so. Still, if a hand must be licked, Comcast’s seems to be the least unpleasant choice. And let’s face it: at the end of the day, broadband cable kicks DSL’s ass. —Patrick Sharbaugh