Direct versus Indirect
This post is over a year old, and likely doesn’t reflect my current thinking or mindset.
A common trope among those who write about Apple is that a service is somehow less of a real product when you are not paying for it directly. The biggest example of this being Google, and because of how they sell your information to advertisers, you have no influence on their product development. When one pays for a product, you have a “relationship” with the creator of said product. Without ones direct support, the product would not sustain itself and therefore wouldn’t be successful.
This, as any skeptic would point out, is bullshit. The argument that giving information isn’t just as direct as using a real currency sounds nice in theory, but isn’t true in practice.
If one didn’t give out their information to Google, then Google would have less information to sell to advertisers causing them to
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