"A few years ago after the 2008 financial crash Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone described Goldman Sachs, that great titan of financial capitalism, as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Fast forward almost ten years and you could say the same, and much worse, about surveillance capitalism, according to Shoshana Zuboff author of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.
This time though the squid is even bigger and it is jamming its blood funnel, via smart phones, smart TVs, tablets & soon even smart homes, into every last nook and cranny of our individual & collective privacy. The very thing that was suppose to set us free and serve us, as internet creator Tim Berners Lee had hoped, has now evolved as Lee said “into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.” The capture & commodification of our data, the predatory construction of user profiles and surveillance is in the DNA of surveillance capitalism. Cambridge Analytica is only the tip of the iceberg."
Who would have thought that technological development would be the downfall of democracy? Turns out that actual political decisions don't matter when you can manipulate people at scale, effectively turning the act of voting into an exercise in popularity bought with money that was obtained by manipulating people at scale.
However, the same technology also provides promise of salvation. We are in an age where transition to a direct democracy, that is to say a system where people vote on political decisions without representatives, ideally through the Internet is possible.
You can conceal yourself online via a VPN, download ad blockers, ( How does anyone live without them? ) make purchases with Bitcoins, and use non-tracking services like duck-duck-go instead of google.
Nothing is scared!
You can be tracked 24/7/365 without any additional costs to one’s self!
Or actual personal permissions!
Except you can not opt out in any form!
Your privacy is mute, any time you have any device connected to WIFi and/or the internet you are nothing but an account to be exploited without any form of consent or compensation!
Welcome to the 21st Century!
Capitalism is the only economic political system that has successfully created a demand from the populous to be oppressed, a demand so high that the oppressed are willing to demand to be allowed to pay for the tools of oppression to be placed in their workplace, in their homes and on their persons.
It stands and will stand for as long as their is recorded history, as a testament to both the ingenuity and gullibility of humankind.
The thing is capitalism relies on consumerism. On a personal level, if you are aware of data collection, algorithm's, repetitive messaging and online targeted advertising.......it's easy not to consume and play the game.
This is the sort of shit we should be teaching kids.