Remember When Home Meant Sanctuary? Not Any More

by Mr. Schnell

How exactly does Alphabet, Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, YouTube, and Instagram make money? When you talk about making money these Silicon Valley tech companies are raking it in. But how exactly?

A friend of mine asked me if I really wanted an answer to my question. I told him, “YES!”

He handed me a hardback copy of the book “THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM; The Fight For A Human Future At The New Frontier of Power” by tenured Harvard business professor Shoshana Zuboff.

He added, “Read it slowly. Take your time. It is well written, intelligent, eye opening. It will answer your question and much more. Enjoy”.

My friend was right. It answered my question and more. I read the first 100 pages slowly over four days. Went back and reread. I even took notes. I had no idea of the scope of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Twitters data mining tentacles or the effect on my privacy (gone) and even the sanctuary I once believed was my home (gone also).

Professor Zuboff incorporates sociology, psychology, economics, computer and political science among other specialties to illustrate her points “in this masterwork of original thinking and research” (quote taken from inside jacket cover).

The Silicon Valley tech giants have gone way beyond making money. They are taking control in ways I could not imagine. I urge you to read this book.

Published by starvingcartoonist

StarvingCartoonist is a former ICU nurse that has worked at numerous civilian, military, and veteran Intensive Care Units across the country for better than three decades but has been sketching, drawing, and cartooning since he first picked up a crayon in kindergarten. Dabbled with political cartooning, writing, and general illustrations but the bread and butter came from health care. Recently left professional nursing to concentrate on camping, hiking, nature, the outdoors, trees, trails, and peace of mind. Love a campfire; rather watch it than TV. Avoid bureaucracy, career ladders, ladder climbers, and hero worship at all cost. Evenings spent with a good book, reading until the book smacks my nose when I doze off. Generally up at sun rise, listen to the mourning doves, put the coffee on, and play it by ear the rest of the day.

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