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August 30, 2012


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Tamara Piety

This is an interesting perspective but I am not sure that I would say that just because test subjects may be well informed and active autonomous agents in the testing process that this is necessarily true of test subjects as a class. There are simply too many distressing examples in the past to feel entirely comfortable about this. Moreover, I thought the point of the Toshiba ad is that companies which release a product to the public without testing are in essence making customers test subjects without their permission, consent, etc., that they are representing to the public that something is "safe" or "finished" or "good" for the purpose for which it is intended when they are actually trying to discover whether it is any of those things. Having things tested on you without your consent is surely back in the realm of human guinea pigs.


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