Lately, the Twitter-guy and Facebook-guy (that brevity is explained in the episode) have made the rounds sooth-saying their user base. I never fell for it and thought it was pretty wasteful to travel around saying nothing substantive until it dawned on me that their words weren’t for my ears but to still regulator’s pens. Spoiler – So much stuff that I fail to cover all the ground I intended to cover today. Lots of Links to fill any gaps or continue research….
Think about what it took to get smartphones so normal that the idea of a cell phone company not offering a smartphone seems silly. Some news articles point to the idea that everything exists now if a person were rich enough that they could be the whiz to put drones, day and night, into our daily lives. Our culture then could be as defined by drone traffic overhead as it already is by cell phones today. I’m not saying I like it but I’m saying we need to confront our feelings about it now because barring the improbable likelihood of some catastrophic event knocking drone dreams out of the sky, they’re coming. And I’d say in a about a decade.
With the Internet behind so much access to infrastructure and anyone able to access anything given the right credentials, isn’t it time to not just issue new passwords but also consider accountability through issuing licenses? History already shows this can be effective with some citizen right-mindedness in place. With one person’s mistakes affecting dozens of other people, should we make rules? We already have special licenses for driving special vehicles and using reserved communications. What’s the alternative? An episode with big but pointed questions about security and responsibility.
Righteous motivations steer massive entities to the strangest ends! A quick visit to add on to episode 34’s net neutrality with some new information that came in last night and a longer look at Google’s funny actions. The DOJ and Google both work to appeal to the base consumer but in different ways. Their individual and different-pointing tacks both find an appeal to the masses as the way to go with furthering knowledge of their quests. Google’s march on such grassroots like behavior strikes me as an oddity I can’t shake.
Back to a long form on this visit to three bears in the news. The California State flag is mostly the unmistakable image of a bear; also appearing is a star and some words, but it’s the bears in the news that caught my attention and after an unpublished episode about the passions stirred by US Senate hearings last week, I thought it best to nab that energy and direct it here, to Net Neutrality since California just passed SB 822. Other bears include Tim Berners-Lee and Russia in the classic sense, as the bear who played with our power grid infrastructure. We cover some good ground!
From a Facebook post with a recent brainstorm, a podcast is brewing about saving Amazon from scrutiny.
An Army of One isn’t always feasible. But any verifiable and diligent mention by one at the right time can ignite change.
We take the sad song of people losing faith in business entities these last few days and try to turn a corner; an empowering corner. The weekend brought into fine focus the injustices upon people, consumers and first-responders! We certainly play ball with the Verizon vs firemen story about throttling but twist it in a way that I hope will get you inspired to stop and think and act and promote more thinking or action per Snakebite’s preferred method!
We are setting ourselves up for a spectacular revolt. There’s a perfect storm of privacy and data and regulatory hijinx in the news right now. Were all three to become reality, the path would be paved with rose petals and the air perfumed for the ultimate background to the next dystopian YA novel. There would be no flying children and no talking animals because it would be real – it would be the oppressive and bleak noir laid out by current events. The only recourse? Kill Switches; datacide.
Can we get a groundswell, people? The cafe here has some very revolutionary contemporaries in Europe who do what we used to “did.” They get rowdy when something’s wrong. Did we get sold the busy dream and lose the time it takes to organize ourselves to protest effectively against the time that’s taken from us?
Not even the thrill of an inaugural podcast could dampen the professional writing of articles I turned to in this episode to support the underlying theme of Snakebite Cafe – people gotta know. You can know and do nothing or you can know and just do for yourself but the main way to know would be for the news media to wise up and remember that tech life is now human life; it belongs prominently in human interest stories, not stuck in geek corners and treated as pariah behavior.