Well children, what did we learn from Master Mark Zuckerberg as he sat before a Senate committee to answer questions regarding Facebook’s penchant for violating user privacy? Nothing new, other than under pressure, he looks and acts an awful lot like Data from Star Trek and that his hair cut seems to be inspired by Marlon Brando’s hairdo in the movie Marc Antony.
If the reader has been paying attention for the last, say, 6 years, independent folk like yours truly have been attempting to warn others about the threat that Silicon Valley poses to the American republic. Those utopist nerds have restricted the flow of vital information, dehumanized the public by turning people into metadata for profit, marginalized conservatives from their platforms by banning them outright or “shawdowbanning” them, helped Marxists advance their cause and even aided our enemies in developing weapons that can be used against the US, even though these companies were birthed on US soil. Treasonous, Mammon-serving degenerates, the lot of them.
The fact that Zuckerberg (who conspicuously wasn’t under oath) was hauled before a Senate committee replete with politicians who have received political donations from the company and are the targets of Facebook’s incessant, multi-million-dollar lobbying efforts proves that the inquisition into the philistine corporation’s actions are nothing more than pure kabuki theater.
Call me cynical, but I don’t think much will come from this. Zuckerberg has a few politicians in his pocket and the most mindless Facebook users will continue to use the platform to post absolutely silly content, such as photos of their dinner and emotionalist yet irrational memes. Therein lies the point: We’ve given Mark Zuckerberg and his company the platform he now employs to abuse his users and undermine our national identity and ideals. We’ve allowed him to decide who and what we should listen to whilst giving him all of our personal information for financial gain, all under the auspices of Facebook being a platform for socialization.
I guess one has to give credit to Zuckerberg – he’s turned out to be a better pusher than Steve Jobs ever was. Jobs may have convinced people to pay exorbitant amounts for anything that carries the logo of the bitten apple, but Zuckerberg fooled most into thinking that he was providing them an altruistic benefit through his site, only to use it as a medium to monetize and monopolize our attentions.
What’s worse, we’ve become more barbaric because of it all. Everyone wants to participate in the sweepstakes for their own 15 minutes of fame – or as it is called today, “going viral”. Hence, we dig deeper pits, creating more and more depraved and sensationalistic content just to attract attention from the “community”. Some community!
Before I conclude, I must temper my criticism by pointing out that there are a number of people that have joined Facebook, not to engage in fruitless posting or commenting, but to be light, as it were. They’ve only used their accounts to reach others with a message of unfiltered truth, the type of content Facebook intentionally represses. My denunciation isn’t directed at them for the simple fact that they reluctantly joined the site after noticing that most internet users stopped visiting their personal blogs and reading their substantive content and migrated over to sites like Facebook for the convenience factor. Herein is my main point.
In order to reverse the near monopoly we’ve given Facebook and the other so-called Tech Titans over our attention and time, we should decentralize their control. I implore the reader, if he uses social media, to stop posting and entertaining frivolous content or get out altogether. Visit trustworthy, substance producing websites independently and read whole articles instead of waiting to receive filtered, adumbrated notifications through a single “wall”. Don’t use Google’s search engine or products, which severely filters what everyone sees and hogs tons of personal data, and use an unfiltered service like DuckDuckGo to search the web. Protect your privacy by using a reliable VPN and using secure email service like the ones provided by ProtonVPN and ProtonMail.
Most important of all, reclaim your autonomy by using the internet as a tool with limitations and not as an intermediary for life as a whole.