Surveillance Captialism

This blog is itself a protest against the abuses of today’s commercial Social Media.  The article below from Fast Company magazine goes a long way toward explaining what is wrong with companies like Facebook.

The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change

Facebook, Google, and other masters of the surveillance economy have bred a virulent mutation of capitalism, which explains why they aren’t interested in addressing their many scandals

If you want to know why Facebook won’t “censor” Nazis, terrorists or anyone, it is because these are sources of their profit.  That is all.  From the article:

Facebook and other surveillance capitalists don’t want to harm you, but they gladly extract data from your pain. They don’t care if you’re happy, though they’re determined to fabricate the lucrative predictions that spring from your joy. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it in ways that they can transmute into profit. Once you understand this, it’s not hard to see that every Facebook action that triggers outrage is simply a predictable consequence of this economic perversion’s basic mechanisms.

 

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