Internet is Watching You – TEDTalk Tristan Harris (Video)

What if this was a dialogue between you and Google?
You: Hello! Is this Gordon’s Pizza?
Google: No sir, it’s Google’s Pizza.

Did I dial the wrong number?
Google: No sir, Google bought the pizza store.

Oh, alright – then I’d like to place an order please.
Google: Okay sir, do you want the usual?

The usual? You know what my usual is?
Google: According to the caller ID, the last 15 times you’ve ordered a 12-slice with double-cheese, sausage, and thick crust.

Okay – that’s what I want this time too.
Google: May I suggest that this time you order an 8-slice with ricotta, arugula, and tomato instead?

No, I hate vegetables.
Google: But your cholesterol is not good.

How do you know?
Google: Through the subscriber’s guide. We have the results of your blood tests for the last 7 years.

Maybe so, but I don’t want the pizza you suggest – I already take medicine for high cholesterol.
Google: But you haven’t taken the medicine regularly. 4 months ago you purchased from Drugsale Network a box of only 30 tablets.

I bought more from another drugstore.
Google: It’s not showing on your credit card, sir.

I paid in cash.
Google: But according to your bank statement, you did not withdraw that much cash.

I have another source of cash.
Google: This is not showing on your last tax form unless you got it from an undeclared income source.

WHAT THE HELL? ENOUGH! I’m sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. I’m going to an island without the internet, where there’s no cell phone line, and no one to spy on me …
Google: I understand sir, but you’ll need to renew your passport … it expired 5 weeks ago.
– Author Unknown –

Who Collects Your Data?

Social media platforms come with a price tag. You have given the “Zuck’s” people full permission to collect almost anything from your cache of info. Why are we suddenly surprised that data was collected, sold, exchanged, and shared?
Don’t hold only Facebook responsible for collecting because every app you added to your phone is already doing the same thing. You scroll through after installation and agree to each little pop-up screen and then wonder why they can take your information without permission.
You gave it up willingly, and some was shared illegally, we all could take stock in being a little more cautious…
Don’t get me started about the folks who are angry about everyone knowing their business just before they yell to Alexa to play something from the Little River Band. Let that sink in for a few minutes.
She already knows where you are making reservation for dinner, and that you probably are wearing the new pants and shirt you purchased through Amazon.
– TC, Bangor Maine Police Department –

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day

Limiting the Information Flow.

Those lists we keep seeing — like Google’s “autocomplete” search suggestions or the news feeds on Facebook — those determine what content we will see and what content we will never see — in other words, what content will be censored. That, as George Orwell warned and as Chinese officials know well, is how you control people: by limiting the information flow.
– Robert Epstein, Daily Caller – Google and Facebook Are the Problem –

Are You Gullible?

… the idea that a “targeted” bleat from a campaign basement to a functional adult will bring that person to vote a certain way can only lead to one of two conclusions: such a person should never go on the internet, or, should not be allowed to vote.
– Rex Murphy, Facebook Made Me Do It, Nationalpost –

They’re Watching You

Facebook: “The notion of being handed a multimedia pass to all your friends, wherever they might be, for free, holds immense appeal — even if “free” turns out to mean “we’re watching you and making money and maybe pulling some of your psychological chains to our own ends.”
– Ted Anthony, Facebook – Should You Leave it, Financial Post –


News feeds are purposely designed to auto-refill with reasons to keep you scrolling, and purposely eliminate any reason for you to pause, reconsider or leave.
It’s also why video and social media sites like Netflix, YouTube or Facebook autoplay the next video after a countdown instead of waiting for you to make a conscious choice (in case you won’t). A huge portion of traffic on these websites is driven by autoplaying the next thing.
– Tristan Harris, How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind, Thrive Global –

If We do Nothing

If we do nothing about Google and Facebook, we will get more of the same: more hyper-targeting, more algorithmic bias, less competition and the further erosion of collateral industries, like media. Enough is enough.
-Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, CNBC –

How to ‘Avoid’ GoogleThe Quippery

Yahoo and or Outlook email instead of G-Mail. blogs instead of Blogger – (though frankly WordPress P*$$ me off a bit now that they are cancelling Photo Challenge.)
Firefox instead of Chrome.
DuckDuckGo instead of Google Search.
Dropbox instead of Google Drive.

What have you done to limit how much of your data is ‘mined’ by one company?

8 thoughts on “Internet is Watching You – TEDTalk Tristan Harris (Video)

  1. I honestly don’t think its possible to limit data mining completely. My husband keeps Cookies turned off and never engages in Social Media (and he doesn’t own – nor ever will – a smart phone) and so isn’t “tracked” through his web history or “engagement” practices. He does, however, receive targeted emails and ads from companies he buys “car stuff” from, which proves that even with everything shut “off” most of the time, the instant he allows transactional tracking [which you MUST do in order to complete an online transaction – cookies are the mechanism by which information passes from order to cart to checkout], he opens himself up to some data mining. People need to be aware (and it shocks me that so many aren’t) that EVERYTHING they do online is tracked, analyzed and used for marketing, promotion, and so much more. We’ve handed our personal information, interests and activities over to “robots” that know pretty much everything there is to know about us and our habits. We got ourselves into this mess – can we get ourselves out (or will computers eventually take over the world, as suggested in so many Hollywood movies)?!?!?!?


    1. Many people just don’t care how much information they give out or what is done with it! This is worrying to me, especially when it involves their children.


  2. Some of this is worrying, some of this is unsurprising (really, what did we think we were getting for free?) but mostly I’m just wondering how a cop in Maine knows about the Little River Band. (They were named after a town just down the road from me.)


    1. Little River Band had ten Top 20 singles in the American Billboard charts between 1977 and 1983! The cop is of that vintage! (Amazing what information is available on the internet!)

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    1. To me it’s concerning on two fronts – the first is how the content is being manipulated and then delivered. The second is how many people simply don’t understand that they are sometimes being ‘led down a garden path’.

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  3. Ah!– many thanks. My paranoia level was getting a little low… you done topped off my tank!! A worrisome business, and no joke. I hate to think where it’s all leading… 😰


    1. Personally, I don’t plan on running in an election, and that might be the only instance where my past might affect my present! I do feel there is a course correction needed for the left tilt of the media, but with President Trump at the wheel, I think there is hope!

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