Don’t use Google Hangouts! I barely used the Talk app on my Android device but it was useful, once in a while, and they had to replace it with, that data-mining monstrosity, Google Hangouts. What I don’t like about Google Hangouts is that all the conversations are stored in the cloud forever, I find that highly creepy and am surprised that most of the articles about Google Hangouts replacing Talk are positive. What is positive about Google reading all my conversations? I can’t think of anything that could possibly be more creepy, corporations have fully invaded our personal space. Is nothing sacred? We can’t even have a discussion anymore without these evil megalithic institutions listening to us, ready to use our secrets and weaknesses against us?
What is worse, however, is that then I go onto the net, to read about this new app, and all the corporate shills are singing its praises. Everyone is totally ignoring how creepy it is for a corporation to have transcripts of all your electronic conversations.
Did anyone ask me if I want to save conversations forever? Of course I don’t want to save conversations forever, that is so damn creepy. It doesn’t even offer you an option to have that disabled by default, because Google wants to data mine your whole life. Well, I don’t want to be another one of Google’s products, and Google can go fuck off and stop aggressively trying to peer into my life.
It seems that soon there will be no way to escape the baleful eye of the corporations, you can resist, but unfortunately everyone around is too apathetic to care about privacy. Some of us are not perfect, and don’t want to be in the public eye…. but soon it won’t be an option anymore, soon we will be judged at every single moment, every speech will be judged by algorithms, everyone who sees us will tag us in some Google Glass bullshit. You’ll never be allowed to say anything that isn’t politically correct or controversial. Someone, or some thing that reports to people, will be listening and watching all the time, all the god-damned time.
This world has become a hellish place, filled with arrogant, selfish apathetic people, all connected to each other in an endless horrifying stupid circle-jerk. Anyone who really resists the circle-jerk is quickly destroyed, somehow, because Google, other corporations, and the government, know everything about you. They know how to destroy you, they know your friends, they know your weaknesses and desires. When they decide to really turn the screws on all of us, how will we resist them? Resistance is now impossible. We will never be free, good thing the masses are too apathetic to care, too stupid and too unfeeling, otherwise there would be many upset people, as opposed to just me, a lone voice in a post-modern cultural wilderness.
Of course, they will laugh at what I am saying, Google would never hurt us, would it? If you really trust a corporation, then perhaps I am the one who should be laughing at you.
In any case, as long as people largely don’t care, about anything important anymore, there is no hope. I wish I could go somewhere far away to escape the baleful eye of capitalism. But it is hopeless, wherever I go, I will be monitored and scrutinized by the Google algorithms. Cold, unfeeling eyes and ears are monitoring us everywhere….