Mods, I don't know where to put this so sorry if its in the wrong spot but I am sick and tired of all this privacy nonsense and I need to rant.
Particularity about all this Google usage migration going on which on the surface appears pretty innocuous and it probably is, or at least in the
sense that it will most likely not have a huge impact on personal security or integrity (much). I say hogwash. I say that security be da--ed there
is more under this bed sheet that doesn't really spook me as much as it just plain erks me.
It used to be that people got paid to take marketing surveys, were hired to express what they liked/disliked about their pathological consumerism and
marketing companies paid out BIG MONEY for that information (still do!)
Having consensus opinions about which dish-soap was the collective masses new BFF and what sitcoms they really felt ecumenically connected too was
gold to these companies because it gave them an edge. If they were not outright paying for the information straight from the horses mouth, they were
calling people through telemarketers ...remember those guys?... and asking you to volunteer that information which still gave you the right to say
thanks but no thanks and hang up.
Not any more! Now they just make a few quick keystrokes, pat you on the head and tell you that, "its going to be OKEY DOKEY big fella," they just
want to 'cater to you' make you feel like the information super highway knows your name and favorite coffee drink, like that cute girl down at the
mocha shop who always dusts your espresso with a little cinnamon and serves it with a smile to match her well caffeinated,
too-early-to-be-that-chipper, twinkle in her eyes. Remember? Life is like cheers and the good ol' internet is that plucky bartender Sam who wants to
clap you on the back and serve you up a cold one of your favorite flavor. BS!
What they want is to catalog your use habits, where you bank, shop, surf, who you talk to, your age and economical profile; everything they can find
out about you so that it can be sold off to the highest bidder like some preternatural human based Ebay auction and all for what? Commercials? Product
placement? The honing of their already inundating, invasive product proselytizing? Sure. Maybe the NSA wants a piece of the demographic pound o flesh
pie so that they can keep tabs on trends and individuals. I don't care about that. They are already doing that have been for years and yeah it sucks
like a hoover fresh out of the box but good luck changing it, right? At least they used to Try and hide such invasions of privacy...
What has me more ticked is that this sort of invasive SPYING because lets not sugar coat it, that is what they are doing, used to be against the law.
If they wanted you to volunteer information they had to bloody ask you for it or pay you for your time. Now they simply put up an annoying box that
flashes every time you click a different link in efforts to assure you that its good to know information and that everything is juuuuust fiiiiinnee.
Have another cup, you workin' man you, and leave the worrying to us. Your data is safe(ly in a large spreadsheet that we are going to sell and make
money off of) but you don't need to know that. Look over there! See?! Its a cute kitty playing with some yarn...you have nothing to worry about.
Well I feel a little better and Ill suck it up like everyone else and deal with yet another kick from central control, but I don't have to like it.
edit on 3-2-2012 by clowdstalker because: (no reason given)