...with consumers their prey. And often government.

Anything will be said. "Trust us!"

Later, when deeply disturbing moral and ethical behaviors are painstakingly uncovered and whistleblown, the story becomes, "well, what did you expect, NOOB?! We are a business. Revenue is our highest calling and our only virtue -- everyone knows this, Khaleesi. Were you born yesterday?! Why did you believe our heartfelt and yet theoretically obvious gambit?"

Maybe sociopathy has now become the best one might hope for -- with the continuum pressing on well into the territory of the psychopath in modern times. With ruthless, win-at-any-cost predations glorified and held up on every pedestal, is it even a wonder?