What is Silicon Valley Really Up to?

This is well worth the read and I do agree with this. But the strategy I’ve employed is a little different. My IRL stuff is on FB. I keep my nom de plume for other social media sites including the more on the fringe ones, such as G+ (soon-RIP) and diaspora, etc.

Millionaires think in terms of money and profit. Billionaires think in terms of power and dominance. Zuckerberg isn’t filtering non-mainstream media off of Facebook for the good of society, and he isn’t doing it for money either. He’s doing it because he is an oligarch in the borderless new empire, and it is in the empire’s interest that dissident voices be silenced.

Silicon Valley is so intertwined with the agendas of intelligence and defense agencies that it’s gone beyond being used for surveillance and propaganda, and we now see things like Google straight up building AI for the Pentagon’s drone program. In an environment wherein money translates directly into political power, it’s impossible to grow beyond a certain size without learning to collaborate with existing power structures.

I don’t know how completely I agree with Johnstone’s analysis here, but the questions raised are absolutely worth thinking about:

Fast Company reports that time spent on Facebook is down a whopping 24 percent in a tone that seems to be warning that the company is in trouble, but Zuckerberg is actually publicly boasting about the loss and how beneficial it is for mankind. Not only has he drastically slashed his viewership, surely at great expense, but he’s also massively increased his overhead, hiring an extra 14,000 people to help fight “fake news”, which is expected to have risen to 20,000 by year’s end.

What kind of corporation does that? What kind of multibillion dollar corporation slashes its own profits that drastically without being legally compelled to, and does it for the good of “people’s well-being and society”?

Why, indeed?


Why I Disagree With The Strategy Of Exiting Facebook, Twitter And YouTube

Why I Disagree With The Strategy Of Exiting Facebook, Twitter And YouTube

Earlier this month Ben Swann, an important voice for whom I have nothing but respect, expressed a sentiment in one of his excellent…

Source: medium.com/@caityjohnstone/why-i-disagree-with-the-strategy-of-exiting-facebook-twitter-and-youtube-29f308be9dcc

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One Response to What is Silicon Valley Really Up to?

  1. Lars Fosdal says:

    I chose to exit FB after numerous frivolous grabs at my personal data. The recent unveiling of all their leaks and inappropriate abuse of user data has only underlined my choice as the right one.

    Paradoxically, most of my posts online are made with my full name, and in public – meaning that I do expose myself for tracking and analysis – but, I prefer that my connections, my followers, and my following, remains reasonably private.

    After the GDPR and the options to turn off tracking, personalized content and adaptive ads – it feels like I get a different view on the world (as in seeing more diverse content) – so it does appear that tracking and personalization creates really bubbles that really can thwart your world view. Tracking has changed from being helpful in finding obscure relevant content, to creating artificial walls that actually obscures content that outside the fringes of your bubble.

    This might seem like a cleaving of words, but there is a world of difference. Tracking should help me find outliers to my sphere of interest, and not cut off the visibility of other outliers.

    P.S. Using my reader page on WordPress.com to follow your blog via RSS. It is ingenious!

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