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What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong

Posted on March 14th, 2014 at 9:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days. We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading. We race towards new trends like native advertising without fixing what was wrong with the old ones and make the same mistakes all over again.

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  1. Actually, the article confirmed that what I thought about the web was exactly right. That is, there’s a huge effort to monetize it (and anything I do on or with it). The article didn’t even speak to what else I know which is that there’s mostly a lot of crap on the web (present site and company excluded of course) but if you look around enough you really can find some cool stuff. Also too – the NSA sucks.

  2. I must be thick. I read the article, and the wikipedia entry on “native advertising” and I’m still not sure what it means. Is it like lying “reviews”?

  3. Won’ be long now before the Gospel of Dan Brown gets added to some holy books…

That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we’re not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

Posted on March 14th, 2014 at 8:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


Today’s full NSA statement is here with our annotations:

Recent media reports that allege NSA has infected millions of computers around the world with malware, and that NSA is impersonating U.S. social media or other websites, are inaccurate.

Strong stuff. But the more cynical among us will note that “has infected” and “is impersonating” use an interesting choice of grammatical tense; there’s no unequivocal denial here that the agency infiltrated machines and performed man-in-the-middle attacks in the past – just like when US President Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that America “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her private phone calls, conveniently avoiding admitting that it may have done so for years. Also, the agency specifically refers to “millions of computers” as opposed to any other number, say, hundreds of thousands.

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