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It has been brought to my attention that there is all manner of broohaha about disclosing things when it comes to the internet, blogs, etc., so I’m going to let you know the facts.
I publish posts on this blog that come by way of free things and/or by having the post itself paid for directly. There are a variety of ways this might happen. Someone sends me a DVD. TV networks let me watch shows early on the web, or by sending screeners (which isn’t exactly getting me anything of value “free”). Companies “hire” me through a variety of services to write about whatever the product, service, etc., is that they want promoted. Certain companies actually dictate per post direct disclosure of these things. Some don’t.
I suppose the theory of this disclosure is that people want to know every instance of any sort of thing like this going on, because then they can be suspicious of the review.
You can either trust me or not, but the theory is bull.
Those who send me screeners do so at their own peril, and they know it just as well as I do. I suppose there is a further theory that the big companies want good reviews, otherwise they won’t send me the next thing I might want, but that’s nonsense too. Those who pay me to review things directly do so at their peril as well. The idea that they’re paying me for a positive review is an understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. They pay me, basically, for the time to check out what they have and write about it, and to a certain degree for the mere fact that a link will exist to their site in many cases. It’s basically not much different than buying adspace, but with a lot more detail, and of course they hope for a positive response.