Ticketmaster is owned by InterActive Corp. InterActive also owns: Expedia, the leading online travel service; Hotels. com, a provider of discount accommodations; Match.com, an online dating service; CitySearch, a compiler of local listings; and the Home Shopping Network. It’s in the process of acquiring LendingTree, an online mortgage broker. When you buy a ticket, you are involuntarily issuing an invitiation to be bludgeoned with junk from all those companies and more.
(The Chronicle must be behind in reading my news page – I wrote about Ticketmaster’s abusive “privacy” policy back on September 5, 2002.)