Tuesday, July 06, 2021

The New Yorker website links books to Amazon pages and thus encourages monopolization

After reading Hannah Fry's review in The New Yorker, I wanted to check something about “A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication” (Harvard), by Michael Friendly and Howard Wainer, so I went to the magazine's website, found the article and the link provided to the book, clicked on it, and was taken to the Amazon page for the book. Instead of providing a link to the Harvard University Press website (where the book can also be ordered), the magazine (which links to Amazon for all the books that articles mention) thus encourages the ongoing march to monopoly of the online shopping site and the continuing accumulation of Jeff Bezos's billions. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 July 2021)



An 1824 time-series graph by William Playfair. (from the New Yorker review)

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