It should be getting clearer to civilians that all those "free" apps out there on the innterTubes aren't for them. They aren't the clients, but the product. Throughout history, the 1% have sought to keep the 99% in check. Orwell's greatest dissembling was his re-inforcing the notion that Big Brother-ism would be brought by the damn gummint. Orange Julius Caesar has said that he couldn't even collude with the rest of his campaign, much less the Russians. It appears that Manafort and Gates sure could.

Documents filed by special counsel prosecutors reveal that former Trump deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates was knowingly working with an individual with ties to Russian intelligence during the campaign, CBS News Paula Reid reports. In a late Tuesday court filing late, the special counsel alleged that this unnamed person worked for one of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's companies and was in touch with Gates in September and October 2016.

Big Brother is the 1% and corporations. And this was demonstrated years before most humans currently on the planet were born. In 1957, Vance Packard exposed the power of Madison Avenue. The book isn't a comedy. The social network cabal of today is advertising of Packard's day on giga-steroids. Cambridge Analytica is just the top of that totem pole. So far.

Packard explores the use of consumer motivational research and other psychological techniques, including depth psychology and subliminal tactics, by advertisers to manipulate expectations and induce desire for products, particularly in the American postwar era. He identified eight "compelling needs" that advertisers promise products will fulfill.

Just the sort of psychographic analytics that Cambridge Analytica claims to peddle.

Doesn't that sound a bit like "Make America White Again"? Of course it does. And documented 60 years ago.

Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

You want to be a quant? Check your morals at the door. Just do it.

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Comment by alsoknownas on March 28, 2018 at 11:58am

The cognitive dissonance is quite disconcerting.

While less inclined to take photos of dinner and drinks then post it for all to see than some of my friends will do, I admit to using FB for advertising, and doing so knowing that the analytics help me target groups and locations where my advertising dollar might be most effective.

I undertook that endeavor prior to the great reveals which besiege the news headlines when they are not overtaken with breathless and salacious accounting of randy behavior. 

Nothing feels right and I know choosing to participate is a dance with a devil which has not fully revealed itself.

I am now wondering what next to do.

Comment by Robert Young on March 28, 2018 at 7:50pm

on the whole, it's become ever so clear to me that quants (to which group I certainly do belong) have, on the whole, done more harm than good over the years.  the Great Recession happened directly due to their machinations.  and previous nasty recessions as well.  the notion that oceans of data will be used beneficially toward civilians is contrary to the notion that the 1% depend on fleecing the 99% for their wealth.  that part is a zero-sum game.

Comment by Robert Young on March 29, 2018 at 10:29am

" we still have a landline too. "

and better phone calls, too.

Comment by alsoknownas on March 29, 2018 at 11:53am

The current house has a landline and I carry a 3G flip phone. Not a Jitterbug, just a decent phone which forces me to wait until I get to the restaurant to read the menu.

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 29, 2018 at 12:31pm

No one talks about the FLAME?

Comment by Robert Young on March 29, 2018 at 12:59pm

?

Comment by Boanerges on March 29, 2018 at 1:26pm

I've been trying to pull together an essay on how we're screwing ourselves -- without any government edicts needed at all. But then, maybe I won't have to if enough people read this.

Oh -- and before I forget, how many millions of people have voluntarily submitted DNA to "research" their ancestry. Just wondering where all those resulting profiles might have been copied.

(No, I don't own shares in any tinfoil-manufacturing companies.)

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 29, 2018 at 2:14pm

Just tryin' to put the period a period in IKE.A . You know those cold days in Janurary!

Nothing to contribute, so's I minds well distribute your OP-Editorial contributions to the enlightenment via leaflet at supermarkets.

Rant-Est mood already! 

I think I was referencing the eternal flame at the RFK Center.  Earlier, I'd 'scored' a king's ransom on DIS. Nothing in the world to do.

Raging bull is aging. O yeah! 

Always good stuff here, Sir Robert Young!

Comment by Robert Young on March 29, 2018 at 2:23pm

and a tip of the Hatlo Hat!

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 29, 2018 at 2:41pm

@aka

'Oh -- and before I forget, how many millions of people have voluntarily submitted DNA to "research" their ancestry. Just wondering where all those resulting profiles might have been copied'

No need to sandpaper finger prints?  Never make her sad, either!
Please stand-by for my 'too clever x half' bit on yard-clown Russia Limbo. Meant Rush Limbaugh! Shock-jock comedian? What's the anti-matter for you!

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