Secret Strategies or Common Sense?

Dan Ackerman Greenberg, TechCrunch, Nov 26, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If there is a theme in today's newsletter, it revolves around the conflict between people wanting to use new technologies to form communities and to talk to each other, and advertisers and marketers wanting to take that environment, control it, and monetize it. This article may be a startling revelation to some people, but for those who (like me) are jaded it will be seen as just business as usual. It is a pattern we have seen followed in every arena since the internet was founded: people build an environment, and then it is corrupted by marketers and advertising. This article, which at the time of posting had 469 comments, has had a huge impact. Via Twopointtouch.
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