In a prior article I wrote about a different pot, George Soros, calling the same kettle, Facebook, black, noting the similar approaches of both parties profiting off of propaganda, whether it be through the Open Society Foundation, media and academia on Soros’ end or social media on Zuckerberg’s end.
Recently, Tim Cook has come out in favour of more regulations with the unwarranted publicity of the Cambridge Analytica “scandal”. Of course, I pointed out that Facebook’s data mining tactics have been out in the open forever, and the sudden choice of Cambridge Analytica to spark regulatory talk is suspicious, simply as it invites more government meddling to solve government meddling.
Aside from the obvious fact that regulation will only serve to strangle technological progress further, Cook is the horse closing the door after leaving the barn, willing to destroy any semblance left of the free market that was largely responsible for catapulting Apple to the top. Since Apple is already out of the barn, regulatory moves only serve to help Apple run away from the competition by shutting in any competitors left inside.
It was after all consumers’ brainwashed market choices to fork over thousands of dollars annually for iPhones with built-in obsolescence. And it is still relatively up to consumers to stop supporting the giant conglomerates known for taking advantage of them and allow whatever is left of the free market to regulate the corruption. This is much more preferable than having to rely on big daddy government intervention to “save” them from their own lack of responsibility and self-control. Of course, any form of regulation simply transfers power from one corrupt party to another, or in many cases just maintaining the same power for the technocratic and bureaucratic cronies that have teamed up to run the show. These illusory monopolies and seemingly shrinking pool of free market choices point to a manipulated market enabled by cronyism.
Apple, as I have posited in various articles, led the way to the cultural changes that shifted the focus from innovation to psychology in the technology sector. In my article about the firing of an Apple engineer because of his narcissist daughter:
iPhones were marketed as a fashion and a vanity product like jewelry, which is why many idolize iPhones as status symbols. Most development into Apple products are for vanity reasons and not thought of by many technologists as improvements upon the human condition
Social media companies are not the only ones focusing on building addictions. Apple has risen rapidly and Steve Jobs became an icon despite not inventing anything original, by focusing on people and not products.
Steve Jobs was a master marketer. However, the majority of the public that have jumped on the technology bandwagon believe that he is the Edison of our times.
I attribute the start of the smartphone zombie generation to Apple. They have led the cultural transition from innovation to manipulation. Apple made their products like jewelry. iPhones became status symbols and focused more on addictive aesthetics rather than practicality. Their users would sell their vital organs for the latest model just so they aren’t seen as out of fashion.
Social media companies followed suit, recognizing that Apple’s rise wasn’t due to innovation, but by feeding into people’s narcissism and addictive personalities.
Just like George Soros’ made market and psychological manipulation a viable tactic for personal profit, Jobs’ and Apple exemplified that same tactic in the tech sector. Facebook is following suit.
It would be foolish to trust any of these entities that have thrived on manipulating opinion rather than providing value and mutual growth on their suggestions to move further away from a free market to a tightly controlled one.
The solution to all this nonsense is to just stop using Facebook, don’t bend over backwards for Apple, take more personal responsibility and don’t rely on big government to solve something one can solve on his or her own. It’s a simple solution, but only to those that see the psychological manipulation and care enough not to give in.
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