Mickey’s first guest is veteran technology entrepreneur John Marshall. In his new book “Free is Bad: How the Free Web Hurt Privacy, Truth and Democracy,” he contends that internet users’ expectation that everything online should be provided free has been a disservice to themselves and to society, because it makes advertisers, not internet users, the real customers of the tech firms. In the second half of the show, History and Media Studies lecturer Nolan Higdon returns to the program for a discussion about what the January 6 events at the U.S. Capitol means for the media and for the country. They reference their recent article at CounterPunch, “Ripe for Fascism: A Post-Coup d’Trump Autopsy on American Democracy.”
John Marshall has 40 years’ experience in the high-technology industry, including starting several companies; his specialty is advertising technology and his new book can be found here.
Dr. Nolan Higdon teaches at California State University, East Bay and is a frequent contributor
to Project Censored. His latest book, “The Anatomy of Fake News,” is published by the University of California Press.
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