There’s this new piece out on The Netflix called The Great Hack.
No, it’s not about Ted Nugent (yukyukyuk).
It’s about how you, Brave Digital Citizen, are voluntarily giving up all your fuckin’ secrets to Big Brother. It’s a beautiful thing, if you’re into a surveillance state merging with a cryptofascist multinational corporate order (and backed by transnational crime, ‘natch).
For those who don’t think it’s beautiful (which should be you, dumb fuck), it should present itself as the most frightening display of power in recent history combined with the never-ending corporate need to know everything. EVERYTHING.
But you wouldn’t be at risk, would you? After all, you don’t click on them there advertisements. You don’t fall for product placements. You even have all of your posts set to private. Hells bells! The only people you interact with are those you know personally.
But wait, how then did Cambridge Analytica (now known as Emerdata, both the same company essentially, and run by SCL Group) get 5,000 data points on every voter if all those voters aren’t clicking the buttons?
See, once you agreed to use the platform for free, all under the watchful eyes of Zuckerberg’s WORST TEAM EVER, then they had you. All those likes, all those shares, all those comments – they’re each and every one trackable by the data miners out there, whether the data miners are political, corporate, religious, or intelligence/enforcement driven.
As an aside, I just realized that Bad Religion’s 21st Century Digital Boy was a Nostradamus-like sendup of what was coming: the Zuckerbergs and Jack Dorseys and everyone over at Alphabet, Inc.: “Cause I’m a twenty-first century digital boy/ I don’t know how to live but I got a lot of toys/ My daddy’s a lazy middle-class intellectual/ My mommy’s on Valium, so ineffectual/ Ain’t life a mystery, yeah”
And, every single time you like a page or enter a group, every time you respond to an event invitation, the administrators of that particular Facebook page/group/event can look directly at your page to see what it is you’ve been trying to hide.
I know this, because it was my job to know this. And, as a professional communicator whose experience transcends industries, sectors, means and mediums, I’ve seen the gross and pliable way that a privacy-focused population has been encouraged to give up fuckin everything. Once again: EVERYTHING.
Here are a few items to consider, beyond the well-established fact that your “like” of a page is an inherent agreement for that page (and its administrators likely unknown to you) to look all up into your shit.
Here are some ways that data miners, marketing companies and hackers are fooling regular, salt-of-the-Earth dumb fucks like you into handing them your private information.
Protip: Most of these questions come formatted in a paragraph-long phrasing that gives the questioner (data miner) plausible deniability toward any malicious motive. Such phrasings would often include the words “So I’m doing some research into this fun project for school,” or ” I’m working on a tasking for work and need to figure out something,” and it never fails to Twitter or Facebook (and presumably others) users to fall hook, line and sinker.
Keep in mind that basic research into real life Census data will ALWAYS be more statistically-relevant and more informed that some anecdotal “Hey guys will you answer this” given to a user’s relatively-small sample – their own audience. Even figuring in that a post might go viral and put your little hook into the big sea is a huge assumption to make.
From a research or tasking standpoint, they don’t make sense. But yet, here we are in 2019 where both Common Sense and Critical Thinking have been defenestrated. They’ve yet to hit the curb named 2020, but it’s coming around fast.
Without further ado, here are the questions (that you miserable fuckin mooks are falling for):
What’s your ethnicity/heritage?
How much money do you make?
How many siblings do you have?
What region are you from?
And on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.
And last, but certainly not least since it’s hoodwinked so many of you ignorant swine: Just fill this out, it’ll be fun. Share it with your friends and see who responds.
Meanwhile, the entire Data Mining World is responding, except they’re doing it in their own way. See, Data Mining World is responding by copying all your publicly-available information into the data stream and laughing all the way to the bank.
So next time you’re talking at your friends on Facebook or Twitter or whathaveyou (or in real life, if you miserable motherfuckers ever get off the computer), remember this when you come to the point in the conversation where you’re talking about how important privacy is to you. Ya know, that part right before you share pictures of your babies and last night’s dinner and your friends and shit.
Because they’re watching, and until the people demand action similar to the EU’s right to be forgotten, it’s only going to get worse.
Data, my friends, is the last game in town, and these fuckin’ thieves are going to seize as much as they can before the closing bell. Because, until we legislate away their ability to sell your data for millions of dollars, until we take our privacy back from law enforcement and those who would sell our data to them (*cough PALANTIR *cough) then we’re never going to regain our freedom to be unknown.
You’re in the system now, citizen, better not cause any disturbances if you know what’s good for you.