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‘Black Ops Advertising’ Dissects the Rise of Media Manipulation for Corporate Profit

The currency of maximum importance in our digital world is personal data, personal relationships and our very identities.

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Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Supreme Court Approves This Vicious, Cowardly Message

Joe Klein points out that the newfound anonymity of attack ads, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows faceless money conglomerates to run ads on a candidate’s behalf without the usual “I approved this message,” makes for much “more effective and brutal” adverts.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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China Tunes Out TV Commercials

In the spirit of fostering a more “socialist culture,” the Chinese government is banning commercials that interrupt television dramas. Judging by this BBC report, China’s TV executives seem much more concerned with lost revenue than with government interference.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Those Dreadful Geico Commercials Are About to Get Quieter

Who says there’s no bipartisanship? To the delight of curmudgeons everywhere, the House signed off on a bill that would keep the volume of commercials at or below the level of regular programming. Unless he has completely lost his mind, the president will sign it into law and we can all enjoy pitchmen shouting with their indoor voices.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE


Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

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Jabari Asim: The N.Y. Times’ Unwitting Racism

The newspaper thought it was striking a blow for racial tolerance by bemoaning the phenomenon of “sassy, overweight’’ black actresses in TV commercials. Instead, it just betrayed its own biases about people of color.

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