Get out before it’s too late.
BANGOR, Maine- I was hanging out in Zac’s studio and he mentioned that he sent me something on Facebook and was wondering why I didn’t respond. I hadn’t looked at. I hadn’t even looked at Facebook in a week. This is not normal behavior, so I figured he was owed an explanation:
“Dude, I only go on that shit to send messages one guy that I grew up with. I don’t use it for anything else. I hate that shit.”
If you post, like, scroll etc on Facebook you are working for free, building a product that is yourself. It’s slave labor that you’re probably joyfully addicted to. The new Opium War is here.
It then sank in: What I said was stupid. Is it really worth letting an overtly onerous company presided over by a real life villain track my every move, sell information about me to other companies and governments, potentially watch me on my webcam and listen to me through my phone, map my social contacts, pinpoint my location and path around the world, manipulate how I interact with my friends, adulterate and abstract how I view the world, and create a mechanism for me to unintentionally leave a trail that can be easily misinterpreted / misused by who the f’ck knows long into the future? (Not to mention the generally toxic forms of human interaction that tend to happen there.)
So I deleted that shit.
Most people’s understanding of Facebook is backwards. They think that the social platform is a free product to billions of customers, who use it to keep in touch with their family and friends. The reality is that the platform is a factory in which unpaid workers toil night and day providing the company with valuable content and information that can then be sold to the highest bidder. If you post, like, scroll etc on Facebook you are working for free, building a product that is yourself. It’s slave labor that you’re probably joyfully addicted to. The new Opium War is here.
Even Facebook’s co-founder is calling on the US government to step in and destroy the monster he helped create.
The Federal Trade Commission is expected to soon hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine for privacy violations.
A ubiquitous social network that everybody is on is an excellent, first-of-its-kind tool. Who wouldn’t want to go to one place to be able to get in contact with everybody in the world? This would have been an an excellent tool that Facebook was coming close to becoming. Then trust in the platform began eroding as more information about what the company is doing behind the scenes became reveled. People began deleting their accounts and the movement spread … Networks are arrays of connections between nodes. Remove a node, no big deal. Remove lots of nodes and the network begins to break down.
Surveillance technologies are being introduced and tested as recreational or security platforms — things that people welcome with open arms. But what we’re allowing is the creation of that cliche future dystopia where everyone is tracked, monitored, and controlled. Is this the world you want to live in? Of course not.
We all think that we are the Winston Smith, the great protagonist resisting the Party with our unbridled humanity. But are we really? Are you?
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