Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:54:02 -0500

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://locusmag.com/2018/07/cory-doctorow-zucks-empire-of-oily-rags/

"Facebook isn’t a mind-control ray. It’s a tool for finding people who possess
uncommon, hard-to-locate traits, whether that’s “person thinking of buying a
new refrigerator,” “person with the same rare disease as you,” or “person who
might participate in a genocidal pogrom,” and then pitching them on a nice
side-by-side or some tiki torches, while showing them social proof of the
desirability of their course of action, in the form of other people (or bots)
that are doing the same thing, so they feel like they’re part of a crowd."

Via John Verdon and George Station.

Cheers,
        *** Xanni ***

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