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Have You Visited a Porn Site Recently? Do You Drink Michelob or Samuel Adams? Romney and Obama Want to Know

Data-mining techniques used by large corporations to find out about you have emerged as powerful weapons in the battle for the American presidency.

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Rich Beeson, Romney’s political director, explained it best. “Target anticipates your habits, which direction you automatically turn when you walk through the doors, what you automatically put in your shopping cart,” he said. “We’re doing the same thing with how people vote.”

For the record, then, I drink Samuel Adams beer, never eat at Red Lobster or Olive Garden, don’t shop much (and certainly not at the Burlington Coat Factory,) and both smooth jazz and college football leave me cold. Does that make me an Obama or Romney supporter?

I’m not telling… after all, I cherish my privacy!

Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor is now completing AlterNet’s first-ever book, which is on the subject of right-wing radio talkers like O’Reilly, and will be available early in 2008. O'Connor also writes the Media Is A Plural blog.
 
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