Archive for April, 2010

Commerce and Self

What happens when someone learns you’re a blogger and then offers you something to write about? What if that thing they offer has commercial value? What if they’re offering it to you for free, asking you (express or implied) for a favorable review on your blog? Would you do it? Does that act change you? […]

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A word about “Consumer”

The word “consumer” is such a harsh and marginalizing term. It’s widely used by public relations people, metrics analysts, the public media, politicians, big brands, and damned near everyone else. However, I’m hardly the first to call bullshit on it. Back in 2003, Jerry Michalski offered several thoughtful alternative terms in his post ‘If not […]

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