The Click Clique, Ad Blockers, and the Future of the Internet

I’ll tell you a secret. I have never intentionally clicked on an internet ad. Not once in my whole life. I know that probably seems strange to you given the fact that I write for a site that makes the entirety of its income from ad revenue. But it’s the truth. I don’t watch television or listen to the radio because of ads. I hate ads with a passion. I’ll tell you another secret. Because I have never clicked on an ad, I feel no obligation to allow them to insert their ugly tackiness, usually Read more […]

You Don’t Really Like What You “Like” … We’re All Just Virtual Serfs on a Click Farm of Dead Souls

Recently, The Week posted a fascinating article about counterfeit Facebook and Twitter account click farms that generate fake likes for different celebrities, politicians, and brands. These fake likes and followers are used to create fake buzz around personal or commercial brands, so they look more popular than they actually are. Because in the Internet age, a new feudalism has emerged founded on the aristocracy of popularity. And to be popular, all you need is to appear popular. Enter the click Read more […]