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Bill D. Herman
A geeky kind of wonk
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Let's all be (various versions of) E Schmidt when we endorse stuff via Google. I also think this would be fun on FB.

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This is a great, great segment...
Some timely Triumph.*

*For those of who who aren't familiar with Triumph the Insult's through at your own risk :)

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+1'd on G+. I might die of irony.

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These camera phone pics don't do it any justice. I think there were 12k-15k people there. And except for some more whiteshirt police brutality (thankfully coming after we'd left), it looked to me to be totally peaceful. #occupywallst may have legs.
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Here's a spot-on criticism of Comcast's new Internet Essentials program. Does Comcast really want to help poor people out? Apparently, not so much.

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Fantastic, brave commentary weaving together pretty irrefutable footage.

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This is the best electro dancer I've ever seen--and I've seen thousands. Must see web TV. Remix is dope, too.

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My new blog post about the shameful way some of the NYPD seem to be ignoring the laws they're entrusted to enforce.

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New Facebook = Super Surveillance Media Without User Controls

I watched the live video feed of Mark Zuckerberg's presentation of the New Facebook at the f8 Conference today. I was impressed with the innovation that empowered the new features Timeline, Reports, Tickers, OpenGraph integrations with partner companies, etc.

But as I followed the discussions about his presentation, one complaint kept coming up: "Frictionless = Automatic = Involuntary = No User Control = Less Privacy".

In other words, we're supposed to be excited about having every move we make online being monitored and shared with others, and vice versa. We're supposed to be thrilled that we will be able to tell our life story via Timeline, more completely, going all the way back to birth, with photos and video.

Essentially, what this means is that your entire life will be lived on Facebook via App Reports, documented, archived, and used as data that advertisers and partners can mine to target their sales messages to you more precisely.

You'll see in Ticker what TV show a friend is watching in real time, so you'll know what to talk about the next time you see her. You'll know what song a friend is listening to on Spotify, and be able to listen to it immediately, right along with them.

You will be under increased surveillance by Facebook and the data will help Facebook make money by selling it to advertisers. Facebook partners will be pushing their apps on you to get that data and to suck you into their brand to increase sales.

All this is supposed to be good for you. You are assumed to be craving to share more and more about your life. You are assumed to be hungry for more and more suggestions on books, movies, music, and gadgets.

But I think we can get to the point where we experience a sensory overload. We don't really want to know every little thing about every single person we friend on social medial. We don't want increased complexity and clutter and noise.

We will eventually retreat from this sharing and surveillance frenzy. We will have too much music to listen to, too many films to watch, too many facts to make sense of, too much information that is not helping us achieve important goals.

If we were all rich and bored, maybe this would play better. But people are searching for value, insights, tips, advice, help in survival and life skills.

Over-satiation of pleasures and leisure pursuits will lead to many of us becoming reductionists. We will scream "Enough!!!" and drastically decrease our time on social media. We will value quality over quantity. We will seek simplicity and limitations, moving to a more sparse and minimalistic lifestyle.

Digital spartans. The new asceticism.

We will not care about the latest gadgets and celebrity antics. We will spend more time outside, walking, reading a non-electronic book, meditating in nature, or visiting with flesh and blood people in the meat space of the real offline world.

People demand options, but not too many options. It's not necessarily that we "fear change" when social media releases their "upgrades". What we shun is pointless complexity, loss of autonomy, decrease in privacy, and overcrowding of trivial information.

Pushing involuntary sharing of "everything" on people is a good way to drive them away from your platform.

Watch for more backlash against the New Facebook.

And watch what Unthink and Diaspora do when they enter the battle.
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