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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Google Isolates Every Searcher Into Their Own Cell



Sent in by Twig (welcome back!).

This short presentation explains how the internet is being used not to link everyone together, but to isolate each person in their own worldview. The history of what you click decides what you see. The net is ruled by algorithms. We are being isolated, and our ability to think and join as one is being progressively removed.

As a Tap Blog person, for example, you will be fed a news feed which others don't see. When you try to engage non-Tap Blog readers in conversation and form a consensus together, you will find you have nothing in common. Our ability to form groups will be hamstrung, as common ground is progressively removed.

Now there's a challenge! By forming a group of writers who work the same Blog, as we do, we are overcoming the attempt to isolate each of us and keep us out of reach of the majority who still believe the media's output. The humans are fighting back.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Tap, Thank's Twig for that video. My friends have been wondering for ages why our screenshots were different for the same Google question. We had put it down to different speed computer brains.
That is why Tap is important,we can see all the sides of the same question.

Twig said...

No wonder Tony Blair wanted us all on-line, it's the easiest way to see and control what we're thinking, saying, doing, and buying. And ultimately, if they decide to, they can pull the plug or even just reconfigure your virtual relationship with the world.

I don't think Facebook is a reasonable alternative to the great British pub, but sadly through taxation and legislation the politicians have salami sliced our choices away.

I'm afraid the Big Brother society has become a reality.

Even if Google were to allow users to control their own filtering, ultimately the seeds of distrust have been sown. I read somewhere that all emails are backed up into a huge government archive in case they ever need to refer back to them - I don't know how true it is, but shouldn't thay make it known? I suppose they would always fall back on terrorism as the justification.

Tapestry said...

Nothing on the internet is private or secure.

Julia said...

Nothing off the Internet is private or secure either. Think of how many databases you are on even if you don't use the Internet. Banks, doctors, NI, tax, every time you use a card to pay for anything, plane tickets, passport. Endless. And each database will have a number of workers with authorised access.
Really useful video. I wasn't aware of this, although I know they both profile for their advertisers. No personal profiling on the Tap though! One of the great things about blogs is that you don't need to go through one of these giant US corporations. Is the server for this blog in US by the way?with SOPA coming in, the UK might be safer. Facebook could be so brilliant if only it wasn't a monopoly!

Think of what happens when someone is murdered or accused of murder. The authorities then have the right to seize any info they want from any database about that person. Which means that there is that amount of information stored up for almost everyone. The good news is that if there is no chance of hanging onto your privacy, which was probably an illusion anyway, you might as well stop trying, and just go public, be who you really are.

Julia said...

When I worked in computers, any financial transaction had to be backed up and stored for 10 years by law. That was over 10 years ago, but I doubt things have changed much. I imagine similar laws apply to emails and mobile phones. Possibly facebook as well.

Tapestry said...

Interesting comments, Julia. I think it costs money to host a site offshore, and this is an amateur effort. One thing we could do is ask someone to act as back-up secretary, keep back-up of email addresses of all contributors. If we are closed down for any reason (we are not an entertainment site so are unlikely to be in breach of SOPA), we can start a new blog instantly.

Julia said...

Are all major blog servers hosted in the US too? I also keep wondering why they are free to use, and there is no advertising? That is an unusual combination isn't it? Where does their funding come from?

Spanner said...

I know that Facebook,Google+, Twitter etc are watched and most probably censored, but wouldn't it be a good idea to set up pages on these sites and then place your posts on these pages as well as on your blog, as it would also enable newer members to follow you on these sites and perhaps open more peoples eyes to the truth.

For some, the internet is just Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc, so blogs like this can easily be missed.

Tapestry said...

Brilliant notion. I'm just waiting for someone to turn up who knows how to do all that and wants to do it, and has the time.

I'm 57 and only have so much computer and internet knowledge.

Scotty started doing a Facebook page but became ill and has stopped. Do you want to come in and help with this kind of thing, Spanner? Facebook is a closed book to me.

Email if you do. Or text.
07806989004