Thursday, September 8, 2016

In the World of Information as Commodity...


...Nothing Big Money gives you equals what they get in return. As such, they will always know more about you than you know about them. And yet, as the saying goes, in order for a Democracy to work it absolutely must have a well informed electorate. How can they make cogent decisions otherwise?

But that is precisely what commercialized Democracy is not about. In that world you vote within a decisional framework predefined by commercial interests; an environment where the questions are constructed to limit the answers to options that, in no way, threaten Big Money's overall control. They might change the facade that confronts you in everyday interactions, but very little of substance that would benefit you at their expense (where "their expense" is defined any way that suits them).

And of course, the corollary of this is the farce that becomes of "representational" government. How could it be otherwise when representation, and facade, are now so interchangeable; especially when facade now can be engineered, and presented, with so many technological tools, distribution channels (you only need consider just how much of internet advertising Alphabet controls now to truly appreciate this), only they, for the most part, can afford. This is, in fact, a good part of what I've been trying to encapsulate in the term "Amplified Speech: (see this post)"
"...And just so we are clear here, when I say amplification of speech I am referring to more than what one might get from even a very powerful megaphone.

Amplification in this sense is the ability to not only create highly engineered messages, it is also the means to give them both vertical and lateral distribution; which is to say distribution saturation over time, as well as over the diversity of message channels. In this is the power for cementing the Big Lie as the Fascists could only have dreamed of..."

Free Isn't Freedom: How Silicon Valley Tricks Us

WRITTEN BY ROBERT EPSTEIN