• Why Google And Facebook Deserve Your Trust, Without Reservation
    There are clearly two cultures occupying the same country, with very different ideas of what constitutes a gift, an agreement and perpetuity. I speak, of course, of the culture of Big Social on the one hand, and on the other hand, everyone else.
  • Dead Tweeting The Oscars!
    AARCHERD @armyofone. Not sure, but I think Gloria Swanson has had some work done. #ReadyForMyBotoxMisterDeMille JCAZALE @fredocat Where's Brando? Grandstanding by his absence. #custerslasttango BOBGARFIELD @bobosphere RT@fredocat. You mean by his absinthe? loL
  • Lord, Blessed Is The Man Who Trusts in You. Forbes, Not So Much
    Well, I suppose I've lost. Despite years of crusading -- in print and onstage and even before a major, major government agency -- I have proved pathetically impotent against the forces of so-called "native advertising."
  • Will Your Thermostat Destroy Your Life? It Might. It Just Might
    New from Samsung: SmartAleck TV - yes, a television that eavesdrops on your conversations, then sells the gossip to outsiders. You are being monitored, like Winston Smith, by your telescreen. The idea is for the device to gather as much spoken language as possible to help the voice-recognition software learn your vocabulary, speaking patterns and accents....as well as your pet names, dirty secrets, criminal confessions, safe words, Tourette's blurts and Fantasy League strategy.
  • 'Your a Traytor, You But Ugly Kosheralist Pusstard' Click Here to Learn More!
    Disqus offers "native advertising at scale," which is like offering locusts at scale. But putting aside the pestilence that is native, can we for a moment contemplate the thing that gives native its supposed power and its very raison d'etre? Namely: editorial environment. I'm going to random search Yahoo for comments about the "Seattle Seahawks" in advance of the Super Bowl. Then I'm going to search YouTube for, oh, I dunno, Miley Cyrus. Then I'll search Vice.com for "Iran." I have not scoped these out previously.
  • Top 7 Things Nobody Will Miss When The Internet Disappears
    The Internet will fade into the background, says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. Yes, it will just vanish, like Amelia Earhart or state gay marriage bans or NBC's "Bad Judge." Poof. Up in smoke. Now there will be things I'll miss, but there are other things that the Internet has perpetrated that we can simply do without.
  • Used Car Dealers And Carny Folk....You're Lookin' Good!
    Sure, advertising has always been thematically dishonest, I suppose. It depicts a world of smiling people, made grinningly content by consumer goods -- which in the long run is the opposite of true. And behind the scenes, ad agencies did often get screwed by corrupt employees and vendors even as they were themselves screwing clients. Ah, for the good old days. Compared to now, they were 99 44/100ths pure.
  • Seeking Penicillin For A Nasty Dose
    This weekend, "On the Media" did a story about Internet content poachers such as Dose.ca, which cuts and pastes nascent memes from around the Web, optimizes headlines, and redistributes them with little or no credit or linkage to the original authors and copyright holders. What's reprehensible is the impunity with which it all takes place.
  • Disservice With A Smile
    A gang of hacker extortionists is going the extra mile to simplify and facilitate a transaction for its ransomware victims -- even if the transaction is ransom to liberate one's computer files from CryptoWall's possession. If CryptoWall can take the anxiety out of blackmail, maybe someday, if you're not afraid to dream, your modem can be replaced in a 4-hour window.
  • This Story Will Restore Your Faith...But Not Your Phone Service
    If you're going to choose a customer to be unavoidably detained from five times in one week, wouldn't be wise to check him out? Is he someone willing to rally the faithless into demanding better -- NOT to resolve his own situation, which will eventually get sorted out (it's only been a month, after all), but to inspire and motivate the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Because that could really be a nuisance, as many can attest.
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