Monday, February 28, 2011

the new arrogance?

what to make of this report coming out of the wall street journal?
As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.
Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.—and even some online-tracking companies themselves—are rolling out new ways to protect users from having their movements monitored online. Some are going further and starting to pay people a commission every time their personal details are used by marketing companies.
meanwhile, our attention is directed to the slog, which has been doggedly tracking the sordid tale of the murdoch publishing empire's UK follies, where, it seems reasonable to say, the value of privacy has been greatly debased.

murdoch's minions have been on a veritable crusade against not only privacy but decency itself -- which will probably be no surprise to american observers of FOX "news". we learned first at the slog, incidentally, about the alleged ethical lapses of roger ailes, and the charge that he encouraged a witness to lie to federal authorities investigating bernard kerik, late of homeland security, more lately purveyor of $40 billion in porno airport scanners.

it is often said of newsroom operations that they are under separate supervision from the opinion pages, but no one had ever protested about a separation between corporate and management skulduggery and the infotainment biz.

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