Walmart throw pillow features Hitler and swastika


“But it really wasn’t Wal-Mart’s fault”

That’s the defining characteristic of algorithmic cruelty, isn’t it? There just isnt anyone to blame for it.

Of course there are optics, and responsibilities, and the cleaning up of messes…if its deemed cost effective to do so, of course. Counterexamples abound, where the responsible legal entity correctly guessed that the fallout would be far less expensive than making it right.

Consumers make that choice so much easier when we say, “it’s not their fault”


A French stamp, from the late 1930s

so much more compelling than German stamps of the period.

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