I social network sono il paese dei balocchi

Dal blog di Pinboard, segnalo una lucida analisi dei social network che riassume molto bene molte cose che vado pensando da tempo. Quote of note:

Imagine the U.S. Census as conducted by direct marketers – that’s the social graph.

Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.

Because their collection methods are kind of primitive, these sites have to coax you into doing as much of your social interaction as possible while logged in, so they can see it. It’s as if an ad agency built a nationwide chain of pubs and night clubs in the hopes that people would spend all their time there, rigging the place with microphones and cameras to keep abreast of the latest trends (and staffing it, of course, with that Mormon bartender).

We’re used to talking about how disturbing this in the context of privacy, but it’s worth pointing out how weirdly unsocial it is, too. How are you supposed to feel at home when you know a place is full of one-way mirrors?

We have a name for the kind of person who collects a detailed, permanent dossier on everyone they interact with, with the intent of using it to manipulate others for personal advantage – we call that person a sociopath. And both Google and Facebook have gone deep into stalker territory with their attempts to track our every action. Even if you have faith in their good intentions, you feel misgivings about stepping into the elaborate shrine they’ve built to document your entire online life.

3 risposte a “I social network sono il paese dei balocchi”

  1. Magistrale!

    Bello Pinboard. Se solo ci fosse un feedreader web decente per introversi in alternativa a Google Reader…

  2. Mi era sfuggita la risposta Gaspar, grazie. NewzCrawler non fa per me, è un client mentre cerco una applicazione da installare su un webserver ed è per windows. In passato ho usato TTRSS, a lungo Gregarius, ma l’uso lascia a desiderare.

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