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I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet

“If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” I don’t know who said it first, but the line has achieved a kind of supernatural resonance online. And for good reason – it describes a kind of modern internet company that provides a free service. These businesses are designed to aggregate a large number of users in order to sell that audience’s aggregate attention, usually in the form of advertising. But the more the line is repeated, the more it gets on my nerves.

How To Spot A Liar

I’m not going to get into the subjective nature of truth, what’s appropriate in theater, or Mr. Daisey’s seemingly pathological need to nail himself to a cross. I just wanted to share this one observation.

Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists

Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls. If someone charges you money for SEO, they are running a scam.

File Under: Fact Checking

Greetings, NY Times reader. If you’re coming from the story on 8020, you might be interested in reading the real…

If It Bleeds, It Leads

With my month-long experiment in daily posting a week away from its blissful conclusion, I thought I’d check to see…

What’s on Your List?

So me and six thousand of my friends are participating in National Blog Posting Month right now, which means we’ve…

NaBloPoMo Q&A 7: Academia

Donna B. asked: We were thrilled by your presentation at NCHC today, and appreciated your challenge to academia to make…

The Columbo Technique

Or: There are no dumb questions, just dumb permalinks. So there was this big Apple event, and Steve Jobs took…

Did Assignment Zero Work?

As powazek.com readers know, I participated in Assignment Zero’s Interview Week over the last few months. Jeff Howe, who coined…

My Interview in Wired.com

In May I participated in AssignmentZero’s Interview Week. The stories have been making their way online at Wired.com this week,…


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