Social Media: Who's Watching Who?
Big Brother is not only watching you, but experimenting on you too. Jaron Lanier's Op-Ed for the NYT reads - "A study recently published by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Cornell and Facebook suggests that social networks can manipulate the emotions of their users by tweaking what is allowed into a user’s news feed. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, changed the news feeds delivered to almost 700,000 people for a week without getting their consent to be studied. Some got feeds with more sad news, others received more happy news." Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/opinion/jaron-lanier-on-lack-of-transparency-in-facebook-study.html. Despite all this spying and manipulation, I adhere more to the philosophy of Y. Woodman Brown, who posted his online passwords in The Washington Post for his social media accounts to be hijacked, proving just how little online security meant to him. This is a fun and informative listen on On the Media's TLDR short podcast: http://www.onthemedia.org/story/22-what-happens-when-you-tell-your-password-whole-internet/