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  • The Death of Truth?
    If Internet publishing is exclusively advertising-supported, will truth be threatened by overbearing advertisers?
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    I've been working with a salesperson at a branded Web site over the past two months or so about an upcoming campaign. The process has been going OK, but the approvals for creative have been slow, so the launch date is a moving target. My client gave me a call, asking me about why I haven't included the site on the plan, after he got a visit from said branded Web site about how perfect their site is for our plan. I already knew that. I just needed to confirm the details. Why do sites feel it necessary to go …
  • Don't Blame The Assembly Line For The Quality Of The Car
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  • Online Advertising Recall
    I have been working in the interactive advertising industry since April of 1999. And yet I feel strangely disconnected to the online advertising world I work in. I feel this way because I find the fundamentals ushered in by "the majority" influencing our industry's collective direction to be both misguided and short-sighted. I felt this way from day one. Our early leaders made monumental mistakes, and our current leaders continue to sweep these errors under the rug instead of cleaning them up.
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