Tuesday, October 6, 2009

If a blogger is accepting...

...money or product when they review products, it seems the ethical thing to do if you let people know so they can factor that into what you have to say about the product. On the other hand people have an obligation to research the product they want to buy and that don't mean taking the word of one blogger on how great or crappy a product is. That's the the old let the buyer beware element of the free market. The Federal Trade Commission has decided to make such disclosures mandatory on pain of fines thus hopefully removing a bit of the risk involved in buying things. Even though I do think people ought to do it having the government tell me I have to do so grates as just one more intrusion. More nanny state bullshit and a foot in the door toward more regulation. So ditto.

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