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Electronic monitoring can be used to make people feel like they are in prison, as Kofman details, or it can be oriented toward making containment feel like pleasure, as casino management demonstrates. In either case, data collection is presumed to provide leverage over not just how people behave but how they experience it. Surveillance is made synonymous with "emotion detection" and then emotion correction. The ambition of tech companies and governments alike is to generalize this monitoring and inflect it to indicate an individual's social standing. No one would be free in the sense of being safe from observation; instead everyone would just be in the jail or in the casino. How we are being watched would dictate how we feel, and not whether anyone is watching or not.
surveillance  control  InternetOfThings  bracelets  monitoring  debt  crime  USA  racism  China  Uighurs  Xinjiang  gambling  casinos  behaviour  normalisation  dctagged  dc:creator=HorningRob 
july 2019 by petej
Internal exile — fake news
"If you are content getting your information from Facebook, you can rest assured that you are only entertained and not informed."
Facebook  news  misinformation  entertainment  media  journalism  truth  authenticity  dctagged  dc:creator=HorningRob 
november 2016 by petej
Wizards of Like – The New Inquiry
"So Facebook is not responding to the demands of fickle users who don’t like Upworthy links. Instead Facebook is effectively producing fickle consumers (whose one-dimensional attention span is ever shallower) to drive harder bargains with those who want to sponsor News Feed posts and have them show up more prominently. By design, the algorithm exhausts us on successful content types and renders them boring, redundant, overexposed. The newsfeed algorithm destroys organic reach so that Facebook can sell reach in the form of sponsored posts.

The eradication of “substance, nuance, sadness, and anything that provoked thought“ from News Feed content is the prerequisite to make ads acceptable as content there. It is not an unfortunate unintended consequence; it is the premise that makes News Feed work as it is supposed to, as an ad conduit. The algorithm is there to make the News Feed into commercial broadcast television and to guarantee a suitably passive audience for it. Like TV has long done, they’re just giving the people what they want."
Facebook  algorithms  attention  FacebookLike  ranking  advertising  dctagged  dc:creator=HorningRob 
march 2016 by petej

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