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2.16.2004

Shill reviews at Amazon 

Apparently amazon.com's code monkeys screwed up, leading to a one-week period where the identities of some book reviewers were revealed. Not surprisingly, authors' friends and enemies, as well as the authors themselves, sometimes write rather biased reviews for their books.

I've found that this isn't nearly as big a problem for Amazon's music reviews -- the people who post scathing reviews for CDs usually aren't shills (or whatever the proper antonym for "shills" is); they're just idiots.

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