How the Media Works

How the Media Works

Two major websites have an enormous influence on various things: Wikipedia and Craigslist. These two websites, along with review sites, facilitate an extreme level of dysfunctional activity. Traditional encyclopedias are limited in scope, but they're very accurate. Here, quality is more important than quantity, especially when you have a page from Wikipedia popping up for practically every search. It begins to define reality. Here's an interesting video that shows some of the problems with Wikipedia, and says a lot about how the media can function as advertising:

Someone needs to take a close look at Craigslist. This has evolved into essentially the main site for classified ads. Craigslist could, hypothetically, decide who sees what. Who am I buying this merchandise from? Why am I seeing a job posting from this employer? They seem to have a lot of listings from temp and "staffing agencies." 

Why aren't these companies just hiring their own people? Some of these companies could hire people on an on-call basis. Some people could be employed by two or three companies on an on-call basis and just float around. Some of these "staffing agencies" don't really staff very much, they're really temp services. This results in lower wages for the workers which has a lot of effects like those with the fast food industry.

Review sites are completely unreliable, and they can function to keep businesses in business which otherwise wouldn't be. Some businesses have raffles and other rewards for people who post positive reviews. A business owner can open a bunch of accounts under different emails and sway their whole rating.   

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