Snake Oil for Sale: The True Cost of Inaccurate Hotel Photos

The 19th century was arguably the zenith of con-artistry. A traveling salesman would set up a public demonstration to convince the townspeople that snake oil had miraculous properties, or that certain investment opportunities simply could not fail. Often times there would be a shill or stooge — a planted audience member who lent “objective credibility” to the scheme. Using these and other tactics, the mysterious visitors would fill their pockets and leave town.

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Can Bad Hotel Reviews Be Hacked Out of Existence?

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing back in 2013, the Russian Federal Guard made an order for typewriters. Some documents, they decided, are better kept out of cyberspace altogether. Old-fashioned paper archives are not connected to anything. In a heavily guarded facility, you’d have to be James Bond to get ahold of them.

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The Hotel Review Rodeo

“Rumour travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.” Thus spoke Will Rogers, iconic cowboy performer at the turn of the 20th century. He was saying that the values and quality of a person or thing will always outlast a few slanderous comments or superficial...

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