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The large tech companies point to our willing use of their services as proof that people don’t really care about their privacy. But this is like arguing that inmates are happy to be in jail because they use the prison library. Confronted with the reality of a monitored world, people make the rational decision to make the best of it.

I disagree. This analogy is false.

It’s more like you’ve come to my house for a party. You notice all the cameras outside the hose, and a few inside the house. I tell you that I have recording devices in my living room.

You express your discomfort but I’ve told you that the devices are staying. I’ve told you that you are free to leave at any time. But yet, you decided to hangout in my lounge complaining to all my guests about how I should offer more vegan options.

It’s my house. It’s my party. Please leave if you don’t like the house rules. You need my permission to stay. You can choose to leave any any time.

I think the author is conflating privacy and anonymity.

iPhone XS and XS Max Camera Reality Distortion Field

Roughly drafted impressions about Apple’s ‘Gather Round’ event by Riccardo Mori

Apple Special Event 0.
Let’s mention Steve Jobs right away. Some time ago I said to myself, “Rick, stop with the comparisons between Jobs’s Apple and Cook’s Apple. Let it go. You have to come to terms with it.” But at some unspecified point halfway the event, I realised just how bored I wa...

reality distortion field at work

Fraser Speirs by Fraser Speirs (Fraser Speirs)

People talk about Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field, and I don’t disagree that the man has a quasi-hypnotic ability to convince. There’s another reality distortion field at work, though, and everyone that makes a living from the tech industry is within its tractor-beam. That RDF tells us that computers are awesome, they work great and only those too stupid to live can’t work them.