“[A]ccumulating data about you isn’t just a strange hobby for these corporations. It’s their whole business model,” said/yelled Al Franken during a speech given to members of the American Bar Association. “And you are not their client. You are their product.”
The quote rightly caught fire online; it’s a variation on an idea that’s animated the anti-Facebook, anti-Google crowd for years. Its first formulation didn’t come from a Clay Shirky or a Jaron Lanier. It most probably came from a Metafilter user who goes by the handle “blue_beetle.”
So, credit where credit’s due! Though I have to admit I’m a little sad that one of this decade’s most important technological ideas originated in a comment thread about the Digg redesign.
- H.R. McMaster was due to retire from the Army. Now he holds what could become one of the most powerful positions in Washington.
- Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News after he was accused of defending pedophilia in an old video.
- Chris Brown was ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after he allegedly threatened to shoot and kill her, new court documents show.
- A 2-year-old boy lost a race at school after he spotted his dad and ran to hug him instead of crossing the finish line 🏃💞