Great feature piece by The Verge introducing Scamworld: The Movie, a short but remarkable film about how the subculture of 'get-rich-quick' schemes have taken over the Internet.
The term Internet Marketing in this context describes both a particular business model used to sell fraudulent products and services online, and the community or subculture that embraces it. It operates out in the open -- with poorly designed websites, tacky infomercials, and outrageous claims designed to scare off the wary and draw in the curious, desperate, and naive. The Internet Marketer positions himself as a marketing "guru" with a product or coaching services guaranteed to generate income.
The path to internet riches begins with an introductory product, such as a book or DVD. This is often a loss leader: the real value for the Internet Marketer is that it allows him to capture your contact information. Once you're in the system, your inbox will be flooded with offers for software, DVD sets, and coaching programs costing several hundreds or thousands of dollars.
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|“Give a guy who makes $1 million an extra thousand and he’ll barely notice it.”|
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|“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|
|“Self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities.”|
|“For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”|
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|“How these systems are being fused together to design new regimes of totalitarian surveillance and control.”|