It's scary how much corporations put into structuring our experiences with their products, and our lives, by extension. Everything from the sound a soda can makes when it's opened, to the design of a website.
Imagine if someday we could "hack" people kind of like computers. Give right inputs and people do your bidding. Something like playing a sound, or looking at a picture could make you a slave and you couldn't do anything to protect yourself. There is no patching humans That's scary.
One could argue that we're already past this point. It's still kinda subtle and not 100% efficient but it does exist and does work.
Actually, the fact that it's not working 100% is probably good for them because people still think they have free will. That it was their decision. If it worked 100% of the time, people would be much more afraid.
@adama Facebook is well aware of this thin line. They could push for more, but they've learned that it's better to move slowly. Sneak past our defences and fear. So that we don't notice.
Facebook and Google could, for example, target you much better with their ads. But they don't because people would be afraid. It feels like ads are reading your mind of thinks you never said out loud.
@narF “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
@narF Its funny how much people distrust Facebook and Google and yet continue to use it.
No matter what we will have this cycle of Facebook or Google having a scandal, everyone going up in arms, then returning right back to them.
@adama Well, not all of us. I'm the one weirdo who deleted his Facebook account, Messenger, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram and the other Facebook apps. Working to do the same with Google. (About 50% there)
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