Thursday, July 19, 2007
Facebook: a new era in spyware?
Several years ago, a bunch of spooks were sitting around in a room. Yes, dark and smoky, probably a back room as well. They were talking about interesting people that they had killed and getting a little tight and speculating about whether or not they could come up with something that could make people spy happily on each other.
Happily was the key; lots of people had figured out how to make people spy on each other in a miserable fashion: just use abject fear. It was very efficient but also a little crude and didn't fit in with the current national myths. No they needed to come up with a way to make folks do it voluntarily and happily, like sex.
Then they could go off and drink two for one margaritas all the time and still collect their paychecks each month. It was a common topic of conversation. And the then spooks would laugh and look wistfully at random parts of the woodwork sighing deeply. On one of those occasions, on of them walked away with a seed of an idea.
Have you been spending your time running spyware programs and data-miners so no one can spy on you, only to turn around and sign up for Facebook? Apparently the seed money for Facebook came from a black ops budget deep with the American Government, the entire board of directors is made up of high level stonemasons and it's all just plot to get the rights to baby pictures of celebrities who aren't even famous yet. Or something like that...
So if you're using Facebook take a few minutes and watch this little flash presentation and take a few more moments and read this thread from Common Sense Common Ground. And thank you Dwayne for bringing this to our attention.