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____/ Homer on Friday 11 Nov 2011 15:04 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that RonB spake thusly:
>> On Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:06:21 +0000, Homer wrote:
>>> "Advertorial" = adverts deceptively presented as impartial editorials.
>> Good grief. Is their no dirty trick Ellis won't stoop to? No wonder he
>> and Jobs got along so well.
> I'll add that nearly every "review" one ever reads in any mainstream,
> commercial publication is probably just advertising, paid in one form
> or another, further enforced by the threat of exclusion from previews
> and press conferences, for those who dare to give negative reviews.
> Just look at the recent Duke Nukem Forever dÃbÃcle, for example.
> Even bloggers are not immune to this sort of corruption, as Microsoft
> has proved in the past, and the Belkin scandal also demonstrated that
> "customer" reviews on sites like NewEgg and Amazon can't be trusted.
> http://www.istartedsomething.com/20061227/microsoft-free-ferrari
> http://blogs.computerworld.com/microsoft_bribes_again
> http://www.square-go.com/feature/how-does-the-pr-industry-influence-game-reviews-1732
> http://www.thedailybackground.com/2009/01/16/exclusive-belkins-development-rep-is-hiring-people-to-write-fake-positive-amazon-reviews
> http://techcrunch.com/2009/08/22/cheating-the-app-store-pr-firm-has-interns-post-positive-reviews-for-clients
> http://www.ghacks.net/2011/08/20/new-york-times-fake-reviews-a-growing-trend
> It seems that the only way to make an accurate assessment of anything
> is with hands-on experience and/or by developing a reliable circle of
> trust, since the Internet has now become a sewer of propaganda pushed
> by commercial and political "interests". Even the US military engages
> in astroturfing now:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
> Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, the US is about to pass the
> so-called "Censorship Bill", that will suppress whatever little truth
> is currently trickling on to the Internet, under the false pretext of
> "protecting IP". Of course, this is only an attempt to legitimise the
> illegal DNS hijacking of domains that's been perpetrated by the USICE
> (under the control of corporate gangsters like the RIAA and MPAA) for
> some time.
> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/10/house-takes-senates-bad-internet-censorship-bill-makes-it-worse.ars
> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/07/dozens-of-law-professors-protect-ip-act-is-unconstitutional.ars
> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/12/busting-bittorrent.ars
> http://www.mafiaafire.com/wall-of-text.php#a
> http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/72344.html
> I'm fairly sure this is not what Tim Berners-Lee hoped for, all those
> years ago.

Tim wanted a platform for people to peer-review his physics papers. Now
it's full of bigotry and corporate propaganda. 

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