Thursday letters: Bierbauer didn’t cite all spying

June 27, 2013 

In his Sunday column, “Wonks, whistleblowers and watchdogs,” Charles Bierbauer, the dean of USC’s College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, worries about the ramifications of the government spying on journalists and other Americans. I hope this topic is getting some play inside his journalism program.

But he didn’t voice similar concerns about the multi-billion-dollar advertising and marketing business (two areas that are also a huge part of USC’s journalism school), which “spies” daily on our web and television viewing habits, many times without our knowledge or approval. That cable connected to your computer and television goes two ways. While our information is sold, the buyers are laughing all the way to the bank. Is anybody else outraged?

Frank W. Baker

Columbia

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