We live in an interesting age. The Information Age. Thanks to the internet we also have The Misinformation Age. Hiding in the shadows of both is an ongoing attack on personal privacy.
When you’re online, somebody is watching you.
It’s not just Google, Facebook, Amazon, or various government agencies. Personal data on you and your habits is being collected, packaged, and resold in enormous quantities. It is said that Amazon, Google, Facebook, et al, know more about you than you know yourself.
Probably. Does it matter? Yes. And maybe not as much as we think or fear.
Let me start with Amazon. Google searches will get you spam based upon your searches. Buying a product from Amazon will get you more ads for similar products. Buy a hair dryer from Amazon and those crafty marketeers will send you a seemingly endless number of ads and messages for more hairdryers.
It’s as if Amazon thinks you’re starting a collection of hair dryers.
Google’s YouTube is no more effective.
The online video giant continues to show ads that highlight Dawn soap, State Farm Insurance, and other products and services we already use. Every day we see half a dozen anti-vaping ads. We don’t vape. Why doesn’t Google know that?
Yes, advertising makes the world go ‘round but I’m not convinced these online information charlatans are as effective as they want their advertisers to believe.
What about Facebook?
The social media giant collects personal information, too, but seems no more effective at enticing us with products than Google or Amazon. Facebook, however, is a misinformation giant because anyone can share anything with others so the online abuse is less from advertising than it is from users intent on
persuading misleading other users.
Don’t believe everything you read online. Motives run amok. When you find something interesting run over to Snopes to check on validity and facts.
You may be surprised to learn there is a difference between news and opinion.