Subliminal advertising

Many kids are back to school today, so let's go ahead and give ourselves a structured, in-class assignment in writing and critical thinking.


Here's the assignment: write 150-250 words, comparing and contrasting the two quotes below (the first from an article in the Washington Post yesterday about Jeff Bezos's plan on improving the business-viability of the publication, and the second from Facebook's terms of service).

Bezos: "I’m skeptical of any mission that has advertisers at its centerpiece."

Facebook legal: "You understand that we may not always identify paid services and communications as such."

Extra points given for any witty snarkism that fits in 140 characters without resorting to non-standard abbreviations.

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