The web is a casino

Carl Tashian
Jul 30, 2016 · 1 min read

Google, Facebook, and big advertisers are tracking everything you do on the web. I wanted to bring all this tracking to the surface, so I wrote a Chrome extension. It turns hidden trackers and advertisements into casino sounds as you browse.

The web is like a casino. You’re usually in a dark room and you have no idea what time it is. Hours pass like minutes, and shady figures follow your every move along the garish carpeting. You are the product, and a giant invisible hand makes all the money.

It’s amazing how some websites have vastly more trackers than others:

Install the extension to try it out. (Source is available on GitHub)

Protip: Turn off your ad blocker for the full effect.


Jackpot was inspired in part by Virginia Heffernan’s lovely new book Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art.

Carl Tashian

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I help people move into engineering leadership. → Past: Built Zipcar’s technology, co-founded OurGoods & Yerdle.