Alex Wright

Salon on social networking

June 15, 2004

Andrew Leonard probes the commercial underbelly of social networking services, in You are who you know:

Social networking sites are a hotbed for data-miners and marketing strategists, controlled laboratories in which the question of what human beings like to do and with whom can be studied with greater accuracy and detail than ever before. That geek wet dream turns into a nightmare; the social network is a state-of-the-art Panopticon. > Salon, You are who you know

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