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Facebook Ready For Initial Privacy Offing

Slowly but surely, privacy is going the way of the buffalo. Over the past decade, we’ve seen our country turn into a virtual surveillance state with the signing (and resigning) of the PATRIOT Act, along with NSA’s exploits of illegal wiretapping that goes unaccounted for. At the same time, Americans, along with the rest of the world, willingly give away our personal information on sites such as Facebook, not realizing that these sites are essentially information hoarders, who claim to want the world of information to be “open,” while neglecting to open their own businesses information. Facebook, in particular, has been cagey about its internal operations. But now with Facebook’s Initial Public Offering, it’ll be forced to open its books on how they’re using our information to provide advertisers so they can sell us their useless shit while we ramble on about how we hate Mondays.

Not that it should be surprising, but no one seems to question how Mark Zuckerman made his billions in such a short period of time. Rather, we put the kid on the pedestal for being so “successful” just like we did with Steve Jobs, and ignore the moral ramifications of what these people are doing to our society.

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Mark Zuckerberg is masterbating to your photo right this second

Privacy used to be important to us. Why else would they have highlighted the right to privacy in our Bill of Rights if it weren’t a matter of concern? We justify the surveillance state by claiming that we have “nothing to hide” as if that makes it okay to be spied on. Would it be okay, then, for you to be stalked publicly? Then why is okay for Facebook, Google and others to stockpile your personal information?

Zukerberg made his billions because he has one of the most valuable assets that corporations can possibly get; our personal information. He’s raising a record amount of money from investors because he’s dangling this carrot in front of the corporate world’s drooling mouths and they’re biting like a hungry dog. So what happens after the IPO? I’m assuming that these investors will want to be rewarded for investing as much money as they have. And of course they’ll be rewarded by your every “like”.

On the same page is Google, who last week, changed their privacy policy. Here’s an excerpt:

“Our recently launched personal search feature is a good example of the cool things Google can do when we combine information across products. Our search box now gives you great answers not just from the web, but your personal stuff too…But there’s so much more that Google can do to help you by sharing more of your information with…well, you. We can make search better—figuring out what you really mean when you type in Apple, Jaguar or Pink. We can provide more relevant ads too. For example, it’s January, but maybe you’re not a gym person, so fitness ads aren’t that useful to you. We can provide reminders that you’re going to be late for a meeting based on your location, your calendar and an understanding of what the traffic is like that day.”

Oh thank you Google, you’re right, that is sooo cool that you can tap into my every thought for the purpose of advertising. Like how they slipped that ad line in the middle?

So we’re, in essence, making a deal with the devil. Because we don’t want to go through the trouble of having to search a little harder and maybe having to type something different, we’re giving Google full access of everything we’re doing in the comfort of our home. Fantastic.

The most ironic part of this whole thing is that Julian Assange happened to begin court proceedings this week to decide whether he’ll be extradited to the US so he can be crucified for SHARING INFORMATION. So let’s break it down: it’s okay for our data to be collected but not our government’s. Forget the fact that we actually fund our government’s operations.

And we also fund Facebook and Google if you get right down to it. For where would these companies be if weren’t for us giving them our information? How much money would Youtube make if we weren’t uploading videos? How much Google make if we weren’t creating content to show up in their services.

Now that I think about it, we should all be profiting off of these IPOs for being the “content creators”. Anybody know a good lawyer?

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