Did you “delete Facebook”? If not, you’re in good company. Facebook’s daily active users in North America increased in the first quarter. Why? People already knew that Facebook was using their data for advertising purposes and were OK with it. That’s not to excuse abuses like the Cambridge Analytica incident, but if people were really upset they’d leave and they’re not.
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In 1970, ad execs realized that although shows like Hee Haw and Petticoat Junction had high ratings, people watching those shows couldn’t afford the products being advertised during those telecasts.
As a result, the networks canceled shows that had high ratings but the “wrong” demographics.
About 50 years later, the entertainment industry is more centered on consumers on the coasts than those in flyover country. This allegiance with Blue America then was at least in part driven by economics.