We’re here at a time when incredible things are revealing themselves on all sides. We’re seeing the collapsing of old post-WW2 structures. We’re seeing the limits and failures of dog-eat-dog capitalism. We are witness to exponential advances in technology that’s revolutionizing our lives, for better and for worse:
The technological advances are also leading to new and insidious methods of exploitation.
Of course it would be nice, too, if we were living in a time when we had a government that actually was for and by the people. Imagine if you or I really had a say in how our government worked. We would probably realize by now that Big Data desperately needs to be regulated– how and by whom it’s gathered, and how and by whom it’s used. The government in place at the moment is more interested in letting us, the average American, be exploited by the big tech data gathering entities, so, we’re pretty much on our own. It’s dog-eat-dog in the wild west, to mix metaphors. Why should a corporation like Equifax be able to ruin any person’s life, and that’s when they’re functioning normally? But the data they keep on you and me isn’t even safe. So, you and I can be exploited by them, and then by the hackers who steal our data, oh, and then by them again as they fail to inform the people whose data was stolen FOR SIX MONTHS. And the executives dump their shares of the stock BEFORE THEY ALERT THE VICTIMS. Then they send the victims to a hacker’s trap site.