The SIM Hijackers
Progress in the quality of life, for humans and nonhumans alike, is something that anyone with a heart should celebrate. It did not come about through capitalism, and in many cases, it has been achieved despite the “free market” that
authorities who feel emboldened by the promise of a Presidential pardon or by a Justice Department that looks the other way may feel less inhibited about invading the spaces of people who belong to groups that the government has singled out as unpatriotic or undesirable. And we now have a government that does that. ♦
Just about every problem we battle in understanding the news today — and every one we will battle tomorrow — is exacerbated by plugging into the social-media herd.
Outrage is the new porn.
2 years ago, Facebook made an awkward, noncommittal attempt at journalism. It fucked its journalists over, and the world has suffered ever since.
Picture the greatest chess player in history, retrained using the knowledge of the day-to-day experience and reactions of billions of people into the world’s most effective and least ethical behavioral therapist, fed in real time every scrap of information available about you, constantly interacting with each digital device, service, and information source you are in direct or indirectly contact with, capable of choosing what it’s suggested to you to see and do — even of making up whatever text, audio and video it thinks it’ll work best — and dedicated exclusively to shaping your emotions and understanding of the world, with no regard at all for your well-being, according to the preferences of whoever or whatever is paying it the most at the moment or is best exploiting its own technological vulnerabilities.
The privacy of data cannot be managed person-by-person through a system of individualized informed consent.
The big truth — that American society is in dire need of reform and Russia is not to blame for that — can never be dislodged by the little truths.
For every person who tells you how much better things are getting
Rather than being regarded as capital, data should be treated as labour—and, more specifically, regarded as the property of those who generate such information, unless they agree to provide it to firms in exchange for payment.