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[liberationtech] Shoshanna Zuboff: Dark Google
mike at zelea.com
Fri May 2 09:07:06 PDT 2014
Shoshana Zuboff begins:
> We witness the rise of a new absolute power. Google transfers its
> radical politics from cyberspace to reality. It will earn its money
> by knowing, manipulating, controlling the reality and cutting it
> into the tiniest pieces.
The exaggerated claim of "absolute power" sets a tone of hysteria,
making it hard to take the author seriously.
> Recall those fabled frogs happy in the magic pond. Playful.
> Distracted. The water temperature slowly rises, but the frogs don’t
> notice. By the time it reaches the boiling point, it’s too late ...
With this, I lose all confidence in the author. If Google is doing
anything wrong, then (speaking for myself) I'll await a more sober
report of it.
carlo von lynX defends:
> What does it mean, when a conservative mainstream media newspaper
> sends such a dramatic message? You better should get started
> thinking about it, if you haven't already. FAZ does not play on
> alarmism, it sells newspapers for decades and doesn't need to go
At best, it means they goofed. Even an invasion from Mars wouldn't
warrant such an hysterical intro. (Sorry to disagree.)
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