Forget the Internet Filter Bubble: It’s called Censorship
The bottom line is we are not seeing all of the information that’s out there.
We are only seeing what Google and Facebook decide what they think we should see.
Back in the good old cold war days they used to call it censorship. Today we call it social media.
Not all censorship is equal, nor does censorship always arise from government or external forces.
Definition of Censorship:
Censorship – the control of the information and ideas circulated within a society.
Like myself, you have probably been reading about Google’s watering down of quality content and pushing it’s Google+ agenda down our throat in the search results pages.
Tragically though Google’s apologia for censoring (I mean filtering) our content is sounding a lot like Joseph Stalin’s whitewashing of the Gulag. But either way you look at it our content is now in jail.
To add a little comedic relief to a serious subject check this out (mental illness in a nutshell). According to Mark Zuckerberg in the video:
A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.
Well that was a nice analogy there Zuck. As always you impress with what a deep guy you are. What else should we expect from a guy who lives by the credo “eat what you kill“.
If I may be so bold to add my own analogy — a pile of poop by any other name would smell just as bad. (You may quote me on that). No matter what name you try call it — it’s all the same.
But I digress … Sorry bud, I don’t buy it. Or to put it more succinctly:
Filtering search information is a form of Censorship. Just saying.
Go ahead and try to silver tongue your way around it all you want Google and Facebook, but what you are doing is self-serving and evil. You are manipulating the flow of information for your advertisers. Not for our benefit. Plain and simple.
Social Search is a Marketer’s Wet Dream.
Thanks just the same but I don’t want search information tailored just for me. I want my information totally unvarnished and without bias. Neither do I want my privacy violated for all the world to see.
What about you?
Is that the kind of web you want ? Do you want a nutcase/corporation
filtering censoring your information for you?
Trust. What Trust?
Ironically, for all the talk about “TRUST” in Social Media … there is NO more trust. Google is destroying any credibility that it may have had by perverting the SERPS with it’s Googleplus infestation.
For a search engine that was once renowned for it’s accurate and intuitive search results, it seems to be in a hurry to undo all that.
It’s Social Networking Armageddon.
I remember a time when Google went to great lengths to respect our privacy and make search results fair and impartial. With their new motto ‘Search Plus Your World’, the era of “privacy“, “fair” and “impartial” has now come to an end.
What really burns my ass is Google says if you don’t want to play by our rules, then just don’t play.
Sounds fair, right? But Google has a monopoly on search and is now fudging the results with its Google Plus network. So if you don’t play ball you’re screwed.
Google is on self destruct.
I hate to say I told you so but I foretold this a long time ago. So I’m off to go search engine shopping.
Check this out – StartPage. Wadda ya think?