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The Baffler,  December 22, 2014

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• In a so-called “Instagram Rapture,” millions of fake accounts that have previously been marked as “spammy” were suddenly deleted. Fans can mean money, of course, in lucrative endorsement deals. “The singer Justin Bieber lost 3.5 million fans, or 15 percent of his total, according to Mr. Allia’s calculations,” reports the New York Times. “Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers, or 5.5 percent of her fan base on the service.” What a good occasion to read Natasha Vargas-Cooper’s salvo on the Rich Kids of Instagram; the acquisitive self minus the self indeed.

• That weird sponsored content that has been “recommended for you” at the bottom of so many web articles isn’t so harmless: here‘s “How Journalism Promotes the Internet’s Shadiest Scams.” (Via Arika Millikan.)

• Today in Gross Real Estate: “Over the years, Miami has been referred to as [New York’s] sixth borough, and it would appear that in the exclusive world of luxury real estate, this has never been truer.”

• Today in Bespoke: cancer treatment. (Really, shouldn’t all medicine be “tailored” for the individual?)

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