Is Google today's incarnation of Alan Freed, the 1950s R&B disc jockey accused of taking payments to play certain songs? TechCrunch cites anonymous sources suggesting something like that.
A major agency “is pushing a ton of advertising dollars through Google in return for what two industry insiders independently refer to as “kickbacks” or “rebates,” the technology website reports Wednesday morning.
In 1959, Congressional payola hearings offered hope to some of beating back the rock 'n roll and rockabilly devil's music revolution that had jolted traditional music publishing. Could it be that Google — traditional publishers' version of the devil's ad platform — is pushing growth by nurturing conflicts of interest?