Is native advertising evil? and is it more than just the latest fad in an industry, ironically, dying for attention? As controversial is it may be, I can think of dozens of other things more worthy of the label "evil." Native advertising doesn't even come close. Also, as trendy as it may seem, branded content is here to stay.
Thanks to Snowden, we now know the Internet has become a giant government spying apparatus dependent on the complicity of companies we use everyday. A Reuters poll from April showed that a majority of Americans believe that technology companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon are "encroaching too much upon their lives." It's a rather remarkable statistic given these companies were universally loved not that long ago, widely imagined to be allies of the people against the old oligarchs.