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Is Advertising At The Root Of Web's Evils?

Advertising is the root cause of all that ails the Web -- from gross privacy violations to dramatically declining content standards -- and the only reliable fix is to embrace paid content models. That’s essentially the theory put forth by Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, in The Altantic. “20 years into the ad-supported Web, we can see that our current model is bad, broken and corrosive,” Zuckerman writes. “It’s time to start paying for privacy, to support services we love, and to abandon those that are free, but sell us -- the users and our attention -- as the product.”

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