I originally wanted to make a meme about me trying to use Cortana (ick) to make some kind of smart statement about the future of technology. Instead, I guess almost proving my point, I couldn’t even turn it on. Here we are moving into the automated, technologically capable age, and I can’t even turn my laptops voice control on. I know there was an error popping up, but it would flash for a second before I could read what it said and nothing else on the page could answer my queries.
As much as I want to be excited (or scared???) of the future of high powered computers, but Cortana has reminded me that we’re definitely not there yet. I would love an automated home and car that responds to all my needs, but judging by how well my computer handles voice control, I don’t think I’m willing to trust them with that much power yet.
I made this meme because I’ve never felt more personally victimised before in my life. My message was blocked yesterday, which revealed to me two very concerning things.
The first is what I’ve suspected for a long time but could never confirm: Facebook monitors everything that you say.
Secondly, they don’t approve of roast rolls.
How could you not approve of this?
Admittedly, it was only a problem because of my ham fingers type “from.red” instead of “from red” but this is a perfect example of internet surveillance getting it wrong. Now whilst it may be just an interesting story for me if this surveillance tool was trying to figure out whether I was a dangerous criminal the implications for it making the wrong decision could be much more extensive.
Thankfully, Facebook has banned third-parties (such as the police) from being able to use Facebook to track down criminals and protestors. This doesn’t mean we’re safe from Facebook itself.
Hide your roast rolls everyone, internet surveillance is coming for you.
I made this meme in response to the discussion we had in class with Ted. He talked of the internet and citizen journalism as a tool for revolution, allowing us to access frame free news and decide on our own storyline. Whilst I agree that for some people this may be the case, assuming that everyone is going to ditch legacy media seems a little far fetched. Take my mother for example. I love her, but she’s not great on fact-checking. It’s gotten to the point that she simply assumes most news pieces on the internet are a waste of time because she’s never bothered to check their validity. Instead, shes still one of those people that watches the 6 o’clock news to get her knowledge of the world.
This tends to make people like me, that thrive off the internet, pretty irrationally mad. For the most part, there’s very little wrong with legacy media. They have very clear and calculatable biases. With stories or pieces of information on the internet, the perspective of the source is often a mystery. Neither form of journalism is right or wrong, but both should be available for people to choose between.