Arnold Kling

Internet Search Corrupt?

Arnold Kling, Great Questions of Economics
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Hal Plotkin argues that the Internet search process has been corrupted by paid listings. He takes particular umbrage at Yahoo's fee for expedited review of site submissions.

It's a move worth noting, because respectable media outlets traditionally get their money from advertisers and/or subscribers rather than from their subjects.

I disagree. The American Economic Review is a respectable media outlet, but you have to pay a fee to submit an article there, to defray the cost of having the article refereed.

Discussion Question. If you discovered that a search engine which was giving you useful results in fact was presenting you with paid links, would you switch to a different search engine?

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