Censorship bothers me. As a red, white, and blue gun-toting Southerner, a member of the good old U.S. of A., anyone who tells me I cannot do something today that I could do yesterday gets my goat.
Yes, the interwebs seems nearly full of danger and vice, the worst of humanity a mere click away, and people seem to be sucked into every online con game imaginable. As much as it hurts my head to think this, the censorship that goes on in countries like Russia and China– where they have created their own internet silos– might be good for their citizens.
Sure, they’re not going to have the same freedoms to speak out against their governments as we do in the U.S., but cracking down on the seedy and seamy side of the internet may not be so bad.
Look at what the free flow of misinformation has done to American politics and the electorate. Instead of educating and informing people to make better choices, far too many people dip their brains into the toxic hell stew of misinformation and that leads to psychic divisions among the populace.
Those in the White House have done an excellent jobs dividing people and politicians in general have succumbed to the divisions that leave American humanity less than it was just a few decades ago.
While Russia and China have their internet silos to protect their people from the freedoms many developed nations enjoy, Apple has engaged in its own form of censorship because some executives recognize that the internet can destroy humanity.
Disneyland and Disney World are entertainment silos of a sort, and Apple’s own walled garden approach to privacy and security now looks positively beneficial to customers.
That is, beneficial to customers who can afford to live in the walled garden.
Facebook’s executives barked up the right tree for the wrong reason. While Apple’s public stance on privacy is a not-so-veiled poke at the social media giant’s lack of privacy for users– which caused Facebook executives to rag on Apple about being a privileged sanctuary, let’s face it.
Both Apple and Facebook are correct.
Facebook gathers user data which can then be used to build advertising campaigns that manipulate and persuade users to change their beliefs and thinking about everything from health to politics.
Likewise, Apple shelters their customers in the so-called walled garden where all products work well together, and play nice-nice with your privacy.
For a price.
How the internet words today could very well end up destroying a portion of humanity. Those of us who can afford a more pristine existence within Apple’s community may live longer and prosper.