Faustian Bargain

A deal with the Devil or pact with the Devil is a cultural motif, best exemplified by the legend of Faust and the figure of Mephistopheles, but elemental to many Christian folktales. The "Bargain with the devil" constitutes motif number M210 and "Man sells soul to devil" motif number M211 in Stith Thompson's Motif-Index of Folk-Literature. According to traditional Christian belief in witchcraft, the pact is between a person and Satan or a demon. The person offers his or her soul in exchange for diabolical favours. Those favours vary by the tale, but tend to include youth, knowledge, wealth, or power.
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  • Facebook offers publishers a Faustian bargain

    Outspoken tech investor Fred Wilson once offered this prescient piece of advice back in 2011 on building your business on Facebook: “Be your own bitch.” In other words, a successful digital business is not a parasitic one. Rather than relying on another platform for users, it should keep its own audience on its own site.

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