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Online Companies Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

We are now in an economy of ‘likes’. Growth Hacking means that business no longer depend on the value of traditional economic exchanges but instead on selling of user data. What happens to the real economy when all business become an advertising business and nothing real get sold but likes and shares?

Companies like Facebook no longer depend on traditional economic exchanges to turn profit, so what does this mean for the consumer? When we’re not paying money, we’re paying in other ways, says Douglas Rushkoff.

Source: Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

There Is a War Against Advertising, What’s Next?

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I was out riding just now after after several weeks of hazy conditions. Skies cleared and sunshine came through. And it was glorious!

The initial intention was to get done outdoor mileage and maybe do some more thinking on Purpose. But somehow my thought moved into the state of advertising today. What has become of it? Especially with the great debate on ad / content blocking.

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Me And Advertising. A Strange Love Affair

There’ll be times
When my crimes
Will seem almost unforgivable
I give in to sin
Because you have to make this life livable
But when you think I’ve had enough
From your sea of love
I’ll take more than another riverful
And I’ll make it all worthwhile
I’ll make your heart smile

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That’s how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me
Will you take the pain
I will give to you
Again and again
And will you return it

There’ll be days
When I stray
I may appear to be
Constantly out of reach
I give in to sin
Because I like to practice what I preach
I’m not trying to say
I’ll have it all my way
I’m always willing to learn
When you’ve got something to teach
And I’ll make it all worthwhile
I’ll make your heart smile

Pain will you return it
I’ll say it again – pain
Pain will you return it
I won’t say it again

I give in
Again and again
I give in
Will you give it to be
I give in
I’ll say it again
I give in

I give in
Again and again
I give in
That’s how my love goes

– Martin Gore, Strangelove