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“You are the product”: one interesting source for the meme
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“You are not the customer. You are the product.” This phrase, or versions of it, have been popularly cited over the past few years as a criticism of social media. I think I’ve stumbled across an early version of this argument – but concerning tv, not the web. “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold” is what user blue_beetle wrote on a MetaFilter comment in 2010. (The target there was Digg.) Also in 2010 a TIME magazine blogger quoted security guru Bruce Schneier as offering this version in a speech: “Don’t...