We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
He's the real deal in terms of tech development. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaron_Lanier
He makes excellent points. These are elephants no one knows how to ride. I deleted my FB account earlier this year. I don't miss it. I have no twitter or instagram accounts.
Assistant Village Idiot
Funny how the only ad that seems to work on me is Guinness (In spite of this mornings 5 Beers thumbs down.) Which in itself is failing, if I only buy 2 in a calendar year. Though I guess that is more successful than 0.
He is spot on that we're being tracked. Googled grain tank more than a year ago, it's still one of the first ads in feeds.
Leading to why you should not search for kinky gifts for your girlfriend. Your wife may be disappointed that you weren't shopping for her!
Yumpin' Yimminy, Jim! Didn't you read the Worst Beers article. Guiness is a No-No!
Social Media. Joined LinkedIn once. Found it to be a major pain in the ass, rarely used it and got throughly annoyed with the amount of updating and crap it always wanted and haven't logged in in probably 5 or more years. Can't be bothered to go through whatever needs to be done to delete the account.
Haven't ever touched FB or Twitter or any other Social Media. I have watched people go into trancelike states with FB though.
I quit Twitter and FB more than 18 months ago. Couldn't articulate why at the time but they were consuming more of my time and driving up my blood pressure. Just decided they were unhealthy. After a brief period of missing them I noticed a return to normal feeling and general satisfaction with my life. Ain't never going back.
"I was disinclined to listen to him, given the dreadful locks and bad teeth" My reaction exactly. I had my finger on the "pause" button, but kept listening because what he was saying actually made sense. Is it just me, or does the guy look a lot like the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz?
I sometimes spend an hour or so looking up odd things that I don't want, just to throw them off.
Assistant Village Idiot
Joined LinkedIn once. Found it to be a major pain in the ass
I got an invitation to join Linkedln from a guy who had unsuccessfully sued our HOA three times. The evidence I presented in court had a definite influence in his losing the first lawsuit. As a Board member and also as the attorney link for the last two lawsuits, I had my fill of the guy.
I asked myself, why in the heck would THIS guy invite me to join Linkedln? In fact, he invited me more than once to join Linkedln.
What Jaron said. And he didn’t even mention the research showing that people who rationalize their use of social media, thinking they will stay more connected to their friends and family, end up feeling more isolated, not less.
Or the obvious and huge issue with people saying things online they would never say in person, bringing out the awful side of themselves for the world to see.
One can view the rise of social media as a giant sociology experiment, and what we have learned is that the worst tendencies of people are uncovered when the mask of civility and most social conventions have been ripped away. It’s pretty ugly.
I use Nextdoor to trade information with my immediate neighborhood, and Facebook to trade information with my small county. I'd ditch Facebook if there were another network or app that fulfilled the same purpose. I block the people who offend my standards of discourse, which filters out much of the nonsense. FB irritates me, but for now I find I need this communication tool; otherwise local government rides roughshod over us.