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The Rise of the Advertising-Surveillance Complex / Matthew Crain

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The reason newspapers are important is not because the newspaper as such are special things. Newspapers are the only business that get a shoutout in the bill of rights. But newspapers itself are not what got Madison and Jefferson excited. They were a check on government and private power. And the reason that newspapers are front and center in this important conversation on journalism's revenue crisis, because the majority of investigative reporting stems from newspapers. So the crisis in newspapers is really a crisis of investigative journalism, of the kind that is able to put a check on power. And that is another reason why democracy is imperiled in this internet surveillance landscape.

Chuck talks to media and communication scholar Matthew Crain about his Boston Review article "How Capitalism - and not a few bad actors - Destroyed the Internet."





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Matthew Crain

Matthew Crain is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of Profit Over Privacy: How Surveillance Advertising Conquered the Internet (2021) and has published articles in academic journals including New Media & Society and the International Journal of Communication.

Matthew's faculty page at Miami University


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