Advertising Is a Cancer on Society
...Real world advertising is not about informing, it's about convincing. Over time, it became increasingly manipulative and dishonest. It also became more effective. In the process, it grew to consume a significant amount of resources of every company on the planet. It infected every communication medium in existence, both digital and analog. ...
@resist1984 Right: Red Queen's race.
There's a great book written at the dawn of the modern advertising age, short, fact-filled, highly readable, by Hamilton Holt, called "Commercialism and Journalism" (1909).
It lays out virtually all the current complaints (though misses political manipulation). Highly recommended.
@dredmorbius @resist1984 @temporal it very much reminds me of this excellent piece on the "race to the bottom" nature of it all: https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/
@dredmorbius @temporal The bad thing is that many companies on the internet today don't even give users an option of paying for a service in exchange for not being data mined or seeing advertisements. Their entire business model depends on attracting as many eyeballs as possible by offering something for "free". I shouldn't have to run a PiHole on my home network and force my phone to use an always on VPN connection to the house just to avoid incessant, sometimes malicious advertising.
@gerowen Not only don't they, but many interactions which *do* involve payment are *still* data-mined to the hilt. See the entire credit-card industry, or Amazon, or (as I've recently posted) Apple.
Data-mining is seen as more significant and lucrative than direct-billing. Or as an adjunct to direct billing.
For the eyeball-aggregators, even the _option_ to pay raises complexity and costs -- payment processing itself has major costs and issues (e.g., taxes, support).
Quite. I'd made that point elsewhere on the thread:
Big Telecom Say It Has First Amendment Right to Sell Your Private Data
ISPs say that a law requiring users to opt-in to having their location and financial data sold is a 'burdensome restriction' on their 'protected speech.'
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