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Unfortunately, that’s not a good system. It would be an okay system (the phrase “worst possible except for all the alternatives” refuses to leave my mind on this) except for the fairly major problem that links and clicks can be automated, turning that into a bidding war. Propaganda of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich… and whoever they want to manipulate.

And that’s even without the problem that the people running the papers/channels are themselves both powerful and capable of having agendas that don’t need to be aligned with those of their readers.

Unfortunately, “what is true (news|science|morality|politics|economics|history)?” is very much not a solved problem.




> except for the fairly major problem that links and clicks can be automated, turning that into a bidding war.

I mean no disrespect by this but I'm inclined to think Google knows more about the issue of link and click fraud than you do.


Oh indeed, and I didn’t mean to imply otherwise. Most of what I know about it comes from their engineers explaining how they fight it — and that includes my awareness of how catastrophic it would be if they did nothing and only used the original PageRank algorithm without compensating for it.




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