This article came out two days ago. Maybe you've seen it. Here at Media Underground we don't post too many stories that hit the mainstream but I had to post this just to prove I'm not making this shit up. And by the way I looked all over for an article with the downside to this new app or even a realistic take but they all seemed to have very little or no problem with it. I suppose it doesn't matter anymore if we live under the umbrella of a New Techno Stasi. People are watching it live, these psychopaths are shaking it right in our face and no one cares. And you don't need an army of riot police when the people are this apathetic.
And what is it with the new techno geeks who think this shit up? Are they virtual illiterates? Have they never read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four? Surely they've seen a few dystopian science fiction films but they probably think: "Oh those are just movies and they don't mean anything. You're paranoid. Just look at this new technology! Isn't it cool?".
It will be the same thing with the new Mark of the Beast app. Here at the Underground we don't have to believe in Jesus to understand why an implantable chip might be creepy. It's just fucking creepy, okay? I don't know why. Some people just feel like they don't want to have a tracking device on their body that's connected to a huge database. Does that mean I'm a paranoid Christian? No it just means I don't want you in my shit. I wonder how they'll spin that one. I’ll bet they’ll find a way to get everyone begging for it. People will wait in line and camp out overnight to be the first ones to get the new iBeast.
"But James if you're not doing anything wrong why would it matter to you?" I don't know. It's just weird for some reason. I can’t explain it. And why in the fuck am I the paranoid freak? How come no one thinks the people who design these surveillance tools aren’t paranoid? You built a fucking gadget that records everything in the room or tracks everyone wherever they go? What kind of person would think of that? What kind of person would buy into that? Those are the people who are never labeled as paranoid. They're just concerned with your safety. Don’t you want to be safe? Or isn’t it cool that a giant corporation is listening in to everything in your room?
'Say, you don't mind if Facebook sticks one of your earbuds into its data-mining cranium, do you?
'As Facebook said in a message posted Thursday, over the next few weeks, it's introducing an optional music, TV and movies recognition feature in the US for Android and iOS gadgets - or what the praiseworthy Register calls "fondleslabs."
'The feature will be off by default. If a user gives it permission to slurp up sound, it will tap into the mic on a mobile device and eavesdrop on whatever's playing in the background.
'The feature will then grind through its recognition machinery to identify the song, movie or TV show you're listening to.
'Facebook didn't say anything about listening in on background noise, including private conversations.' (Naked Security article).