Webwork - 4:08 pm on Feb 25, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: Webwork at 4:55 pm (utc) on Feb 25, 2010]
Enter Facebook, to decree -> "~Oh, hear ye of the value of trusted recommendations from people you know . . your . . friends . . "
Which will work, at least until the day we learn that our "friend" . . who badly needs the money because he/she lost his job . . because of spending too much time socializting . . is actually less a friend and more a part of a paid/"comped" network of social (marketing) influencers . . who achieved that status . . and got the new "job" . . because of all the time and effort spent . . socializing instead of working . .
Don't worry, though, because by the time awareness of the scale of that exploit brings down Facemark . . we'll already have crossed the event horizon and be circling the . . Help! . . I . . can't . . think . . for myself . . drain, due to some exploit . . or excess . . of the neuroscience marketing gang.
Neuroscience Marketer: "Yes, sir-ee, we really tapped into their limbic system this time! They so terrified that they can't stop eating our Mac-a-Doodles! Oh, wait . . They keep pressing the pellet . . er . . Mac-a-Doodle bar . . and now they're dying from eating too many Mac-a-Doodles! Quick! Pull the plug on their brain . . before we loose all our customers . . !
Ah, who cares about a few rigged reviews or influencer marketing or the hard-wiring of our brains? Free will, independent thought and rational fact-based judgment have long been over-estimated and over-rated. Someone please summons the Borg. I'm tired of the effort and pretense of thinking . . that I think for myself. "Borg me up, Scottie!"
Danger! Danger Will Robinson!
Yes, the robots will save us . . or maybe just replace us.
[edited by: Webwork at 4:55 pm (utc) on Feb 25, 2010]