The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession • Discoverology

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Media, Tech

Brand deals have dried up; sponsored posts have been delayed. The great reckoning is unlikely to topple the influencer industry—by now, it’s already too big—but the business of influence is going to change.

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