September 20, 2017

You are the product

This is a long one, and the paragraph below only scratches the surface. This topic — of advertising, privacy, and the role that these few big companies play in our daily lives through a front — is increasingly important to understand in today’s world, so take the time to understand.

Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep coming back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does — ‘connect’, build communities’ — and the commercial reality.


social media privacy tech lrb


Previous post
Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology A great podcast to add to your rotation. The “Deep Work” author, Cal Newport, on focusing on what matters, regaining your “cognitive fitness,” and
Next post
The best weekend activities are most likely not the ones you’re currently doing Just because you didn’t work last weekend doesn’t mean you had a good weekend. You should find time for eudaimonic activities this weekend