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HumanIT M'books

Facebook, third-world countries (raise your hand now, USA!), and Mississippi . . . and e-commerce

So, these thoughts have been spinning around in my brain for a long time, waiting to come out some how. Maybe now is the time and here is the place.

As you can find, if you care to look, Facebook has become the Internet for third-world countries. I suggest we should add Mississippi and other chronically under-served communities to that list.

When I say that Facebook has become the Internet what I mean is this. If you remember or research AOL and the birth of the Web, you will see that for many/most people, when they turned on their computer they thought that whatever they were looking at was “the Internet”, or “the Web”, or whatever it is that other people talked about when they referenced “going online”, “surfing the Web”, or whatever. Well, through no fault of their own, they adopted this mistaken belief because no one was there to correct them, to educate them, to set them straight. Instead, they were victims of marketing, advertising, and other weapons of capitalism and profiteers and were given brand names and logos instead of proper terminology, vocabulary, and useful knowledge.

That led to AOL = The Internet for a large segment of the first generation of civilian Internet users. This presented many problems. For one, people who had problems with AOL would tell technical support that their Internet went down. Well, did it really? No, the problem was with AOL. And people would assume that the Internet was only as big as AOL presented it to be, and looked, physically, a certain way, because that’s how AOL thought it should look.

And it wasn’t just AOL. Don’t get me wrong. Any profiteer who had the opportunity to define the essential Internet or World Wide Web experience as their own certainly did so with vigor. In essence, they took what was free and good, slapped a bunch of gawdy dressing on it, limited it, created tiers of service for it for which they could charge lots of money, and began selling it to people.

I blame the technologists, in the end, for not heading this off in the first place, or at least responding strongly in a way to neutralize this manipulation and deception of the masses by telecommunications companies. I tried to do my part, as a person who was inside technology and could see what was happening, and thinking about what the logical consequences would be. So I started writing and blogging, voting with my dollars for online ventures that were ethical and sane and in the community’s best interest, and voting against companies that only sought to hurt the freedom of the collective commons that the Internet and the Web brought clear to us. That’s why I was a Google supporter in the beginning. That’s why I deleted my Facebook account. That’s why I did everything I did online the way I did it. I even wrote a college paper on it! πŸ™‚

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Diaries Society

Computer/Internet/IT guru willing to help you in any way I can

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Initiatives Philosophy Rediscover the World Wide Web! :-)

An introduction!

First, you might want to ask yourself what the World Wide Web actually is. If you don’t know then I suggest that you look it up on Wikipedia. It is the greatest invention in communications since that fuck-face Henry Ford started turning human civilization into fascistic trash, a machine whose sole purpose was infinite growth and production and consumption. Well, we’ve done that, and we see how it goes. Now go the fuck to bed, little Nazi.

But anyways . . . ! πŸ™‚ I want to begin this in an illuminating fashion, something that is attractive and pleasant for everyone! Because it is very important that people pay attention to it.

We need to recognize what was accomplished when the Web was devised. And we need to leverage that power. We need to learn that by connecting everyone to everyone else, we become a greater thing. And by that virtue we discover things we hadn’t even thought of discovering.

I’m out of breath now, but I hope that this starts, or continues, a conversation about how important our connectivity is. If we don’t recognize it, we will risk our total demise. We must connect, like it or not, to every living thing around us, if we are to survive this jaunt through the universe.

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Internet

Use this Firefox add-on to help contain Facebook and prevent it from inserting itself into all of your things.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/facebook-container/

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Society

Rotten Tomatoes remains a poorly-engineered contest.

Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets

Source: Search Results – Rotten Tomatoes

I really like its concept and purpose but it is engineered by people who apparently don’t care much about feng shui.Β  It’s a disaster to navigate for those of us with high Web sensitivities.

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2020 Politics

Free civic engagement tools – Vote.org

http://blog.alijnabavi.info/2019/09/24/free-civic-engagement-tools-vote-org/

That guy sure posts great stuff! πŸ™‚πŸ‘

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Politics Society

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much β€’ The Register

http://blog.alijnabavi.info/2019/05/31/google-relents-slightly-in-ad-blocker-crackdown-for-paid-up-enterprise-chrome-users-everyone-else-not-so-much-%e2%80%a2-the-register/

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Society

One Small Step for the Web… β€” Inrupt

I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the good we’ve achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful

Source: One Small Step for the Web… β€” Inrupt