All advertising is in some sense a form of falsification. But while once the message probably had an actual thing — a car or a hamburger, perhaps — to sell, today the message itself is often the product. "The source of value is the watching labor performed by the audience — this after all is the activity that produces audience attention, which is the good being sold," Zoe Sherman, a lecturer at Merrimack College, told DW. The audience's job is to watch and this work is paid in kind, with entertainment, rather than in monetary wages, Sherman suggests. "The media generates a surplus by generating revenues through the sale of advertising space that exceed the cost of generating the content that attracted the audience," she adds. Her explanation may also go some way to explaining rising obesity figures in the US. So, when business and politics become so closely entwined — as they did so egregiously during the presidency of Donald Trump — it can hardly come as a surprise that … [Read more...] about The conspiracy business: How to make money with fake news
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A mum who sells saucy images online has been told to "find another school" for her kids after "jealous" parents complained. Tiffany Poindexter, from California, claims to pull in more than £108,000 ($150,000) a month on her OnlyFans account where she uploads naughty pictures and videos taken by her husband Chris. The 44-year-old mum to three boys aged eight, 10 and 12, started the account as a way to spice up her relationship. But now she's revealed that her children have been kicked out of their catholic school because of it. Tiffany and Chris have been told that their actions – including the recent media attention – oppose the school's handbook guidelines and although it was a "painful decision" the kids will not be allowed to return. Tiffany claims that a group of parents arranged a campaign to get her children 'kicked out of school' after her account was discovered last summer. "Some women from my area actually printed out pictures I posted on my OnlyFans and mailed … [Read more...] about Mum’s kids kicked out of school after ‘jealous’ parents complain about her OnlyFans
Smoked monkeys, turtle heads, whole bats — at the bushmeat market in Mbandaka in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo, you can find quite a few exotic types of meat. Bushmeat is one of the most important sources of protein for many Congolese. But it has a dangerous aftertaste. Whether bird flu, HIV/AIDS, Ebola , or COVID-19, many diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases account for about 75% of emerging diseases currently affecting humans. They also include yellow fever, various forms of influenza, rabies, and Lyme disease. Many of these diseases can be traced back to the consumption of bushmeat. The illegal wildlife trade is worth $27 billion annually, by some estimates The illegal bushmeat fallacy In West and Central Africa, hunting and trading in various species of wild animals is either legal or semi-legal. Bushmeat is also popular in southern Africa. "For some people, it's about going back to more … [Read more...] about Could Africa’s taste for bushmeat trigger the next pandemic?
Rishi Sunak is expected to confirm a fourth Covid support grant for self-employed workers next week, as he delivers the biggest Budget since the Covid crisis emerged. Amongst stamp duty, the £20 Universal Credit uplift, new minimum wage rates and an update on the future of furlough, the Chancellor is set to deliver news on the next self-employed support grant. But the fourth payment in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) could prove the last as it may be scrapped by May. The final scheme will be worth up to £7,500 and cover February, March and April, according to The Telegraph . Workers who meet the criteria will be able to claim 80% of their average profits over three months capped at £2,500, and paid as a single lumpsum. But the scheme could either be scrapped or capped at 20% of profits from May when lockdown restrictions are expected to lift and businesses could reopen. Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said the … [Read more...] about Will there be a fourth SEISS grant? Latest news on self-employed support scheme
Energy provider Npower has removed its app after stolen login data was used to access customer accounts. The firm, owned by E.ON - one of the UK's big six energy suppliers - has not revealed how many people may have been affected by the cyber attack. It is believed that personal contact details and partial financial information may have been obtained, according to MoneySavingExpert.com , although full account numbers appear not to have been taken. Npower said it has alerted those who may have been affected and "immediately locked" their accounts. "We identified suspicious cyber activity affecting the npower mobile app, where someone has accessed customer accounts using login data stolen from another website. This is known as credential stuffing," the company said in a statement. "We've contacted all affected customers to make them aware of the issue, encouraging them to change their passwords and advice on how to prevent unauthorised access to their online account. "We … [Read more...] about NPower cyber attack – customers warned personal details may have been breached