Skip to comments.Google Thinks You’re Stupid—and Works to Keep You in the Dark
Posted on 05/30/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT by re_tail20
If every technological extension is also an amputationas Marshall McLuhan saidthen I wonder what part of me Google will cut off next.
First there was the part that forgot to include attachments with emails. Did you mean to attach files? Gmail helpfully asked one day. You wrote, Im attaching in your message, but there are no files attached. Then there was the part that could quote Marshall McLuhan without Googling. Soon, perhaps, Ill actually be looking for a recipe for marshmallow fondantnot the old master himself. We used to say that Google was making us stupid. But now the process is complete: Google knows were stupid. Quite how stupid, though, you might not realize.
For the last several years I have been on a questsee my new book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internetto visit the actual, physical Internet: its wires, buildings, and places. We tend to think of infrastructure like thiswhen we bother to think of it at allas top secret and obscured, the kinds of places listed in WikiLeaks dumps, protected by rent-a-cops, and generally inscrutable. All those things are undoubtedly true.
Yet the Internet I visited was also a surprisingly friendly place, populated by smart, welcoming people, proud of what they do and eager to tell me about it. Inevitably, when I arrived at some unmarked building crucial to the networks functioning, the same thing happened: the veil of secrecy didnt descend, but lifted. My guides happily led me around, and nearly always spent extra time to make sure I understood what I was looking at. This happened dozens of times, all over the world. The cumulative message was clear: Its my Internet, but its your Internet too. You can know how it works. You should know how it works.
The one exception to...
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Beware the peeping eyes of the GMail Man!
Screw google, now and forever.
Google bought me a free beer once, in New York City, when I was hanging out with a bunch of the employees of their NYC lab.
So they’ve won my loyalty for life.
Well, not really, but I did enjoy the beer (and the good company).
Still need to keep a wary eye out for the potential for massive privacy abuse at their hands.
Anyone who can and does stand up to the preening idiot Blumenthal is worthy of respect.
Even though their technology is the most intrusive in the world - in this they are acting no different from any other corporation, i.e. keeping their family jewels private. This guy is emitting a big “Waaaaaaaaah! Google wouldn’t let me in... Waaahhh!”
Well, if we knew what everyone was searching for on the internet, we’d probably think people were stupid too. Autocomplete provides a glimpse of this sometimes, just type the first few words of a generic question, like “how do I” or “why does it” and see what autocomplete suggests as common endings for those questions.
I did not know that - this is the first I've seen of it.............../s
If you value liberty, Google is your mortal enemy. You just don't know it yet.