The first one is relating to WordPress and their wish to act on my behalf. All because I wanted to link my LinkedIn account to WordPress, so that when I publish an article on Castle Coaching, it automatically creates a post on LinkedIn – automation, nice and easy, thank you coders.
Well, privacy, cookies, ridiculously long terms and conditions and wishing to access every morsel of data are hardly new concepts, but they never stop being important.
Next up, exbibit B.
If you thought propaganda was ever just the product of right wing nationalism, communism or any other political party, you’ve been asleep at the wheel. Marketeers the world over have been doing a subtler art of propaganda in the ads themselves, as well as PR when needed whenever say, a Coke plant uses up all the locals water.
Propaganda is the art of persuasion without any illusions or magic, it can be considered the honest version of advertising. It is designed to tell you what to do, not to let you think for your self. For me propaganda is a relic of the past reserved for war time or totalitarian novels.
Not so much. The once great National Health Service (NHS) is using propaganda to get people to have the Covid vaccine (which if you do any research your self and ought to if you’re going to have it, is far from a well researched vaccine with enough robust experimentation).
I was shocked when I saw the last batch of posters, but now it’s getting out of hand.
And finally: Amazon wins Monopoly.
Search engines are so geared towards diverting and funnelling you into buying stuff instead of finding relevant things you actually search for they’ve gone from being humanities best friend to an enemy fairly quick sharp.
Google has destroyed what was once a great search engine. Bing isn’t much better. Or the others, although Ecosia says they plant a bunch of trees which are based on the number of searches made – I’d like some evidence. And the advent of SEO, the ability to game the system, rigged algorithms, and paid ads has turned the front pages of any search engine into a visual homogenised outhouse.
So if you want to buy a video camera, if you haven’t heard of them, there’s the option to buy from Amazon.
Don’t collect Go. Don’t bother opening your laptop. Just read a book. Or make the thing you wanted to buy from household items.