Sponsored by no one

Thank you, as always, for your patronage.  As a tiny speck in the blogosphere, it’s been fun to add my voice to the cacophony of bloggers passing on information and providing some (hopefully) insightful opinion every now and then. But keep me in the category of those who have not sold their virtual soul.  At least not yet.

This week’s release of the FTC’s updated Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising is aimed directly at bloggers who are effectively functioning as paid endorsers for the products and services included in their blogs.

Pretty shady, if you ask me, and today’s feature on NPR’s All Things Considered provides additional perspective, including a look at the beta site SocialSpark, which describes itself as “a blog marketing network that connects advertisers with bloggers through an online marketplace.”

Hey, it’s a free society.  I’m not going to begrudge anyone’s ability to make a legal buck.  But not here.  Agree or disagree with my posts, at least you know that the ideas at acme eclectic are uncorrupted by capitalism.

If you ever see me promoting the new Creed album or the latest Keanu Reeves project, then you’ll know times have gotten really, really tough.

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~ by acm213 on October 6, 2009.

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