Pander express

If Americans are united in anything, it’s in their desire for free stuff. You can’t go two pages in the computer section of Yahoo! Answers without seeing someone ask how they can get so-and-so “totally free” and/or “without downloading anything.” (This latter usually brands the asker as a kid who doesn’t have admin privileges on the family desktop.) Politicians, not surprisingly, have built entire empires out of concealing the price of “free” stuff.

Now comes word that Facebook is using your precious personal information for, OMG, commercial purposes. You or I will probably react this way: “Well, duh.” For the rest of the world, Tam has the proper response:

What did you think was going to pay for this futuristic new way to stay in touch with your friends and family, to keep everyone you know updated on your every meal and movie and micturition? Did you think some kind philanthropist had donated the code and the server space and the bandwidth out of the kindness of his heart?

Wait ’til they find out that should they micturate on a rug in this fair city, they must pay compensation.


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 January 2011 · 5:57 pm

    I admit that when I was grocery shopping today, I stopped in the cereal aisle and felt a brief pang that NO cereals seem to offer free toys inside any more…

    speaking of free stuff that we probably should not expect.

  2. McGehee »

    29 January 2011 · 7:01 pm

    I can’t even remember the last box of Cracker Jack I got that had a prize inside.

    And yet in each box is at least one pointy peanut that crunches too loud. What’s up with that?

  3. Dan B »

    30 January 2011 · 11:59 am

    This is why my fakebook account has tons of fake information, including a fake name, just to throw off the commercial data miners.

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