Posted on March 8, 2012

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This blog began as a school experiment really, something to show the tutors. I haven’t really kept up with it very well and it has largely remained something which I had to do, rather than wanted to do. All the same, I feel I have learned things from it. Also, follow the links for articles…

I have learned what a blog is, how easy it is to simply throw anything up on the web and get started becoming knowledgeable about something. I have learned how personal information is traded on a regular basis by the massive multimedia companies like verizonfacebook, google, and twitter and I have come to realise that not many people seem to care about it all that much, until it comes to bite them. In theory, they do care, they say ‘well that isn’t very good, you naughty company’. Politicians talk about it and cases do come into courts on a regular basis, but the point is that most people gladly give these details away for the price of being part of the machine.

The world is coming to a point where personal information is traded by everyday people to the massive corporations because the corporations provide the networking and the capability to give that information to whomever you choose, all around the world. People want to be connected to the internet, to throw pictures all over facebook and to keep using gmail’s free service. If it means they have to come up against targeted advertising, that doesn’t really pose much of a problem because advertising can be ignored. If the media get  a hold of your facebook account and take all your pictures off it, you give them your best mugshot from home because it makes you look good, or at least better. If the government takes your information and uses it to follow you, they’re just looking for criminals.

This blog began as a school experiment really, something to show the tutors. I haven’t really kept up with it very well and it has largely remained something which I had to do, rather than wanted to do. All the same, I feel I have learned things from it.

I have learned what a blog is, how easy it is to simply throw anything up on the web and get started on the task of becoming knowledgeable about something. I have learned how personal information is traded on a regular basis by the massive multimedia companies like facebook, google and twitter and I have come to realise that not many people seem to care about it all that much, until it comes to bite them. I have learned that I have also learned that it is difficult to follow the same issue for months without growing bored of it, but dear reader there is no reason why you should stop trying to learn.

In theory, people do care, they say ‘well that isn’t very good naughty company’. Politicians talk about it and privacy cases against the massive corporations do come into courts on a regular basis, but the point is that most people gladly give these details away for the price of being part of the machine.

The world is coming to a point where personal information is traded by everyday people to the massive corporations because the corporations provide the networking and the capability to give that information to whomever you choose, all around the world. People want to be connected to the internet, to throw pictures all over facebook and to keep using gmail’s free service.

If it means they have to come up against targeted advertising, that doesn’t really pose much of a problem because advertising can be ignored.

If the media get  a hold of your facebook account and take all your pictures off it, you give them your best mugshot from home because it makes you look good, or at least better. That is a big influence on people. Wanting to look good is a huge part of many people’s lives, and one of the easiest ways to see and be seen is on the internet.

If the government takes your information and uses it to follow you, they’re just looking for criminals and you probably will never know about it anyway. Shhhh.

This is an exaggeration, people may not consciously say these things to themselves, but it is very easy to reason your way out and buy into the networks. In fact, some people are profiting off of the extra exposure. It has become easier than ever to become a celebrity, as long as you are clever enough to post a video on youtube, or start a blog (like this one but better). As long as you have something to say, and it is either interesting or presented in an interesting way, people will listen because the world wide web is just that- and it is the biggest money-maker ever.

I’m not saying people are being conned, it isn’t as simple as that. There is no grand conspiracy I know of to find out everything about YOU and have it somewhere in a single secret document. What I am saying is that as the world plugs in, and as the internet becomes more dominant in the lives of its inhabitants, people will naturally just put information out there in the hopes of connecting with people and perhaps making some kind of mark on the world.

And smartphones. Smartphones are deadly to your privacy, especially if you have a lot of apps.

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