The Logical End of Social Media

Tribalism based on opinion and politics. It’s inevitable.

It could abolish the economy. It could crush the democracy. It could trample on the constitution and bill of rights.

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30 years ago I was fascinated by the internet and what it could bring. A new age of enlightenment. I studied and dreamed.

20 years ago I was in the middle of it, working at a dotcom advertising agency, building the groundwork for it.

About 10 years ago I decided I didn’t want to keep playing this game with my personal profile. I’ve been online all day and most nights for 20+ years now, so I figured if my actual name was posting things about all of my interests both work and privately, well, my privacy had no way of surviving. Anyone in the future could search and learn every single thing about me without ever meeting me. This was unsettling, so even though I continued to use services I had to, I try to use aliases and anonymous services when possible, and still have never had a Facebook account.

For the last 10 years I’ve been watching Facebook, Instagram, Google, Xbox, even Apple gobble up every single datapoint they can about their users. They get plenty from me even after efforts to minimize it.

So where’s it all going?

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Analytics. Refined data at our fingertips. All to be an informed consumer, right? How much will you pay for that information?

This is big data + the cloud + commercial interests + human vanity and fear. This is our future.

Who just posted a comment? Who just read my post? Who are they? What do they like? What do they own? — We’re here already, especially if you are in advertising or know how to dig.

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Next step – I want to buy something. Show me the stores nearby. Now filter to the stores locally owned. Or only certain types of neighborhoods. Or with ownership of a certain ethnicity.

Next step — [after filter to local owned] – none found. OK show corporate stores nearby that donate to a certain political cause or party.

Next step — I need a contractor. Search by political affiliation and ethnicity.


This is why people don’t put their Facebook name on Craigslist.


The logical end of this tech, once the weak privacy and fairness laws are obliterated, is total knowledge of all affiliations, history, likes and dislikes of every single person and corporate entity you encounter in your day.

pfft

Unless we are all batshit crazy before then and never make it….

Remember WFNK Funk Supersite!

There were several branding attempts on WFNK.com over the years, including the “funk e-griot”, “funk supersite”, “no fake afros”, and the not-so-modest “center of the online funk universe”, whatever that means.

The point was to use this new technology to build a community of music lovers around the expansive, beautiful exploration of anything funky, by any means necessary.

Many trends have come and gone since WFNK.com launched 18 years ago, but the goal remains the same (even if diluted through the current anti-facebook format): WFNK.com brings the funk to the masses and represent the funky music and lifestyle that is key for survival on planet earth.

Plus we do it daily and free of charge, and have for almost 2 decades now.

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To that end, a new project has started that should really hit that target: I’ve begun plans to digitize and videoize some of my record collection in HD. It’s a time consuming process and they could always pull it down so it will be 1 song at a time, but it should be fun to hear and see the true vinyl and discuss the funk within.

Maybe we get some contributors to the cause, or link to some existing stuff where people post funk vinyl playbacks?

I know of some new places on the web that will be cross-posting this stuff, and if y’all tweet or share it that would be all we need.

 

 

Lots of Gadgets Are Spying On You

I covered it last week here. Samsung gets called out for their smart TV’s listening and transmitting everything we say to a third party. Very 1984. You might have thought ‘Samsung isn’t the only one doing it’ – and you would be right: Lots of other gadgets are spying on you.

Do you really need to talk to your devices, when a simple button press works just as well?

More Facebook = More Loneliness

File this under the “no shit” category – but new research is showing that women who share more private information to Facebook end up feeling lonelier than those that don’t.

This type of thinking has been out in the public for a few years so it’s good to see some research backing it up.

It also reminds me of how Louie CK described this modern era:


I’m going to out Louie’s Hungarian name because he’s my boy:

Louis Szekely Jr. is the son of a software engineer and an economist. He was born in Washington DC, moved to Mexico City as a 1 year old, then moved to Massachusetts with his mother after his parents divorce when Louie was 10 years old. Strange lives make for great comedians. He has mexican, african, and hungarian ethnicity in his family.