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Zel Really Liked Man of Steel

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Season 3 of Barnes Bros. TV premieres April 1st!

Season 3 of Barnes Bros. TV premieres April 1st!

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Is The Internet Really Out To Get Us?

If you look up articles on internet privacy, security, etc. you’ll see a trend that seems to spell out doom for all purveyors of the internet.  Pretty soon, major corporations will know your every browsing move while watching you through your webcam.  Maybe they’re even doing it right now

More and more we hear about companies like Google developing new ways to track what we search for online, find out where we are searching from, and advertise to us based on what it is we like. For example, most email services will offer you topical ads on your sidebar while you check your email.  I was once talking to a friend about chicken in an email, and the next thing I knew, and ad was trying to sell me chicken.  ”Wait,” I said to myself.  ”Did they just read my email?!?”  Yes, yes they did.

It’s in the best interest of the companies behind search engines, social networking sites, and other websites to keep track of what you’re doing and keep a record of it.  It helps them to make money off of us.  However, we like the services they offer us, so isn’t it a fair trade-off?  The general consensus seems to be no.  I mean, what’s to stop one of these companies from selling your personal information to telemarketers and other ad agencies?  What if some insane person works for one of these web companies and starts stalking you based on the information he gathers from you?

There’s a whole list of potentially terrifying implications that come with the “Internet Age”, but should anyone really panic?

Would these companies really do that to the people they are servicing?  It’s possible that genuinely moral people head up these corporations and have no plans to ever exploit us. Maybe they are totally appalled by the thought of endangering their customers with all of their power.  Sure, they could do it, but maybe they feel it would be shooting themselves in the foot to ever act on any diabolical plans to use their gathered information to control us.  Besides, most times our information is catalogued by computers and not actually human beings (unless you’re worried about the robot apocalypse in which case we have need to be having a totally different conversation).

So there could be nothing to worry about.  Sure, there will always be rogue hackers that will try to ruin your life, but a company should generally be smart enough not to turn into the plot of an artsy sci-fi movie.  That would just be uncool. 

Maybe one day a company will try to pull a criminal move like I mentioned above, but I think the internet community is informed enough that we would catch it and put a stop to it as quickly as it begun.  You know with petitions and trolls and stuff.  So, while the danger is there, I think we can be reasonably assured that some corporate act of insane criminal magnitude won’t be committed just yet.

And if it does, we’ll be ready.  With petitions.  And trolls.

P.S. You might wanna throw some duct tape on your webcam while you’re not using it.  You know, just to be safe.

-Jalen Barnes

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