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“Are You Really the Product?” Will Oremus asks on Slate, and hints at his answer with the subtitle for his piece: “The history of a dangerous idea.” Before getting to the meat of the argument, he gives an unexpected history of the phrase “If you aren’t paying for it, you aren’t the customer, you’re the product.” It turns out that the idea goes back to 1973, when it was first said about television, but that it emerged read more

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