Tech Reviewers on the Payroll: Who Do You Trust?

There is a firestorm brewing over two tech reviewers who
may have been on the payroll of the companies whose products
they reviewed. The Washington Post
has a story
revealing the connections of Corey Greenberg
and James Oppenheim to various companies such as Apple, Sony,
Hewlett-Packard, Seiko Epson, Creative Technology, Energizer
Holdings, Microsoft, Radio Shack, Atari, Mattel, LeapFrog
Enterprises and Kodak. Each apparently charged the companies
between $12,500 and $15,000 each to speak favorably about
their products.

Public trust is a very fragile thing. It is difficult to
create but very easy to lose. What’s more, we need to be able
to trust our institutions because if we can’t trust anyone,
society falls apart. That is, we literally become hermits
hiding in our houses, fearful and untrustful of everyone and
everything.

Hence, when that trust is broken, those responsible need
to be held accountable.

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