The Daily You How the New Advertising Industry is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth Joseph Turow
- Publication date:
- 03 Feb 2012
- 288 pages: 235 x 156 x 23mm
The Internet is often hyped as a means to enhanced consumer power: a hypercustomized media world where individuals exercise unprecedented control over what they see and do. That is the scenario media guru Nicholas Negroponte predicted in the 1990s, with his hypothetical online newspaper The Daily Me - and it is one we experience now in daily ways. But, as media expert Joseph Turow shows, the customized media environment we inhabit today reflects diminished consumer power.
Not only ads and discounts but even news and entertainment are being customized by newly powerful media agencies on the basis of data we don't know they are collecting and individualized profiles we don't know we have. Little is known about this new industry: how is this data being collected and analyzed? And how are our profiles created and used? How do you know if you have been identified as a 'target' or 'waste' or placed in one of the industry's finer-grained marketing niches? Are you, for example, a Socially Liberal Organic Eater, a Diabetic Individual in the Household, or Single City Struggler? And, if so, how does that affect what you see and do online? Drawing on groundbreaking research, including interviews with industry insiders, this important book shows how advertisers have come to wield such power over individuals and media outlets - and what can be done to stop it.
Joseph Turow is Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books, including Niche Envy: Marketing Discrimination in the Digital Age.
"An important and urgent reminder that in our excitement over the benefits of new technologies we run the risk of ceding influence over forces essential to protecting and promoting autonomous decisionmaking to an industry interested only in activating our buying impulses."--Glenn Altschuler, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"The Daily You is required reading in today’s Web 3.0 age"—Andrew Keen, New Scientist
"Turow is at his strongest when he describes, in careful but still accessible language, what media firms are doing and the technical details behind how they collect data."—Catherine Tucker, Times Higher Education
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