The datafarm PR offensive against The Social Dilemma is well underway. Here's an example, written by Antonio Garcia-Martinez:


Garcia-Martinez wiggles, denies, misrepresents, strawmans, and focuses on trivia. He dismisses datafarm critics as luddite outsiders who don't understand tech, a talking point the film-makers anticipated by mostly interviewing former (and current) datafarmers. He compares their comments to Cultural Revolution "struggle sessions" (?!?), and claims they're just cynically monetizing their insider status while living in luxury. Which ironically, is exactly what he does:

@strypey The argument lying at the heart of this article is the same argument that Cory Doctorow makes in his dumb booklet attempted-take-down of Zuboff's The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:

That advertising does not work on people at all, and that people are not in fact influenceable by organizations and messaging.

Prepare to see a large tranche of society to dig their heels in on that blinkered belief over the next coming years as the problem of algorithmic influence at scale continues to get worse.

@strypey I agree with you. I was disappointed on reading Masnick’s techdirt piece. It’s fine to critique the film but he does so in a completely unhelpful way

@strypey I see only two decent criticisms buried in there: (1) the lack of criticism of Netflix (When Tristan Harris speaks about the "attention economy" in other contexts he often brings up Netflix, but did not do so in th TSD), and (2) the lack of actionable solutions presented other than "put down your phone." But these shortcomings of the film don't invalidate its premise.

@strypey Hey, what's wrong with being a luddite!?

I'm a technology loving luddite, as little sense as that makes to some!

@alcinnz Me too. I read a book about the Luddites while researching my Free to Know or Free to Own conference paper. 'Rebels Against the Future' by Kirkpatrick Sale claims that the Luddites weren't against technology at all, but its uses by the rising capitalist class to oppress workers. If Sale is correct (and I think he is), then Stallman is the Net Ludd of the computer era.

@strypey @alcinnz

I don't think Luddites were an uniform crowd - some might opposed specific use of modern technology for economic exploitation, some opposed just because they wanted it "traditional".

Just as today we have people opposing NWO, vaccines, 5G and data farming for completely different reasons. Some oppose vaccines because they believe it causes autism and other pseudo-scientific BS, some oppose it specifically because it reduces mortality and they believe in overpopulation.

@strypey @alcinnz
"In 1974, when I published Computer Lib, there were relative few computers, and they were big beasts in airconditioned rooms that were programmed oppressively. Now, with today's computers, you can be oppressed in your own living room! And millions are." — Ted Nelson.

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