Feb 16, 2010
the brilliant christian fuchs reflects on google buzz in a posting distributed today on nettime-l and [idc] titled “Google Buzz: Economic Surveillance – Buzz Off! The Problem of Online Surveillance and the Need for an Alternative Internet.” Among the more interesting observations including what is becoming for me one of many indications that eric schmidt is starting to appear very much like orwell’s big brother in the flesh:
In December 2009, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt commented about online privacy: “If you have something that you do not want anyone to know, maybe you should not be doing it in the first place.”
fuchs is one of our most articulate critics with regard to the neoliberal “positive power” that encourages us to sacrifice privacy under social pressure:
on a related front, some observers have started to notice that buzz and wave are suspiciously similar. in fact, i’d go further: wave is much more like an api than an application, and buzz is something like a gmail implementation of the wave api. but i digress.
fuchs’s complete article is online at http://fuchs.uti.at/313/