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Entries from March 2012

Riding on the Sabbath elevator

March 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Riding on the Sabbath elevator by betsythedevine
Riding on the Sabbath elevator, a photo by betsythedevine on Flickr.

You and I are both free-riders on so much of the Internet these days. We don’t have to pay for enormous amounts of good content, but … how long will our free ride last? Longer than until sundown on Saturday but not (probably) as long as we’d like.

Somebody else is pushing the buttons and paying for our free ride, because every time we check into a website somebody is hoping that I will, or you will, reveal a bit more information that can be sold to an advertiser somewhere that is planning to use it to market to us.

The problem is that there is a finite amount of interesting information that can be data-mined from my web-surfing, your web-surfing, and our web-surfing. Right now, corporations are paying our fare into lots of good web-places. Two years from now, is there anything they want to know about us that they don’t yet know?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that many big secrets.

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