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How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259

Posted by samzenpus
from the series-of-popular-tubes dept.
Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."

Comment: Something People Are Missing (Score 1) 310

by M$ Mole (#29652649) Attached to: FTC States Bloggers Must Disclose Paid Reviews

This could easily spell doom for independent blogs. I run a review blog. I receive tons of samples. My sample policy is always that I don't give you a good score for giving me a sample, but I will let you know when I post the review - IF I post a review.

Companies are willing to take this risk because any coverage is good coverage for them and all it cost them was a bottle.

These new rules state that if I were to review a product for, say, Logitech and not disclose that I was reviewing a provided sample, the Federal Government could fine BOTH me AND Logitech $11K. Now, with that potential liability, what's in it for Logitech to send me that sample to review? Now they're risking a five figure fine from the government every time they send a sample to a blogger that isn't affiliated with some large media organization that can guarantee compliance. Even if I intend to comply with this rule, Logitech's best interest is to avoid me and my ilk like the plague - further marginalizing independent media and favoring the print media.

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol