Writing about Facebook FB -1.82% compels me to work with a good deal of the exact same phrasing repeatedly. It is a terribly creepy social media platform that we hungrily devoured just like a wet taco after a ten-kilometer run. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has once more opened our eyes into the monster at the corner, we have been trying so hard not to acknowledge. Facebook has made us with only a few options on how best to proceed with the social giant.
The thing is, it's not only Facebook. All you can do online is tracked and seen and registered and you will find databases all around the world filled to the brim with the minutia of your internet life. Google GOOGL -0.3% monitors your every movement on the web when logged, Snapchat is working on a statistics collection API, along with a large number of different companies are likely spying on you personally. But you don't use Equifax daily, you employ Facebook every day. So it's only natural your ire is centered on Mark and company.
Facebook has made its own solitude tools seemingly "easier to locate" which talks about the blatant and willful ignorance of most users. It's not a complex platform. Your privacy preferences are correct there beneath preferences. But let's assume for a moment that privacy preferences were difficult to find. Hell, Zuckerberg guaranteed easier, better privacy controllers back in 2010. So nothing has really changed, just the PR machine along with our inability to actually care for something for at least a day.
Silicon Valley is increasingly demonstrating that simply because you can do something doesn't mean that you need to, especially when you aren't ready to think about each and every use of your technician aside from the one. The invention seems to appear after the technology will be abused, at least our definition of abuse.
Facebook presents us with an interesting conundrum, based on how embedded it is in our everyday lives. We only have three choices since it is pretty apparent that we are just nothing more to Facebook than data points up for grabs.
Option 1: Complete and total apathy
Does it really matter that the information you considered to be personal is out there in the world? Probably not. Is it likely to really make an impact on your life in any significant way? Likely not. Who would you really think you're? We are all rodents, scuttling around the hill, going out to the world every day on the search for food, bringing that food house and feeding ourselves and our households. None of it really matters. We're all just riding a roller coaster to departure. May as well post some memes and see if your third cousin Ronnie made bail this week. It doesn't matter.
Choice 2: Proceed in
While Facebook has stalled the launch of its speaker if the thing comes out -- buy it. Place it alongside your Amazon Echo Look. Get excited about the future Facebook brain interface. Adopt the lack of solitude and show them everything. Put it out there and you've got nothing to lose. Privacy is an illusion, so the curtain was pulled back so drown them in private data and never fret about privacy again.
Option 3: Escape
Playboy is quitting Facebook, the hottest big brand to do so following Elon Musk pulled the SpaceX Facebook webpages, subsequently chose to Twitter to explain why he doesn't like Facebook. Where does this leave the normal user though? It is easy for a brand to simply up and leave Facebook, we already know those brands exist. We don't understand that every other exist. I could not envision merely cutting and running from the network of connections I've gathered through social media. However, completely going dim remains an option.
Terminate your societal media, light a candle for those data that you have already released out to the world -- there's not a lot you can do so. Delete Facebook and the people who actually matter will find a means to remain in your lives with no. Or they won't, then you'll know who really real things, not only the folks you thought mattered. Then give all your belongings, drive up to as the streets will take you, then push your car off a cliff and build a drop on the shore to live out your remaining days. Because that is what stopping social websites will feel as if.
Perhaps this is the time for a new social network to grow up from the distressed privacy-concern riddled ashes of Facebook. For the time being, all we could do is look around in amazement at the world we have signed up for, along with the blood we've so willingly spilled at the guise of being hyper-connected to each other. In the long run, each other is all we have got, however, Facebook has all of us.