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In those early days, Google lived at google.stanford.edu, and Brin and Page were convinced it should be a nonprofit and advertising free. "We expect that advertising funded search engines will be inherently biased towards the advertisers and away from the needs of the consumers," they wrote. "The better the search engine is, the fewer advertisements will be needed for the consumer to find what they want..."

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"We believe the issue of advertising causes enough mixed incentives that it is crucial to have a competitive search engine that is transparent and in the academic realm."

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@faoluin How far the idealism has fallen

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@madargon @djsumdog This "fall of idealism" is extremely true of YouTube too. They used to be a platform for independent creators posting funny crap from their parents' basement, and people used to go to escape from TV. Now YouTube wants to become the crapsaccharine hell that TV was, and indie creators can't get any footing if they're not already established or in bed with the establishment.

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@faoluin @madargon It鈥檚 been the same for every medium from news print to radio. Human Lobotomy did a great video on this over a decade ago when talking about network neutrality:

https://invidious.sumit.im/watch?v=66PbSzwnLes

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@djsumdog @madargon This is incredible. It's not (necessarily) the phone companies who are in control, but otherwise its predictions were eerily accurate.

It painted a grim picture in 2007, and things have only gotten *worse*.

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@faoluin @madargon @djsumdog youtube was originally supposed to be a dating site, so i'm not sure that really counts as a fall of idealism. it's inarguable that it's become worse for everyone over the years though.

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