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posted by Dopefish on Saturday February 15 2014, @04:25AM   Printer-friendly
from the the-nsa-is-watching-you dept.

sgleysti writes: "In an article titled, "Is the Internet good or bad? Yes.", Zeynep Tufekci explores the true powers of internet surveillance for corporations and governments, using the Gezi Park protests in Turkey as a foil. He explains how the well-known scenarios of 1984 and the Panopticon fail to imagine a powerful and salient use of Big Data in modern democratic societies: the ability to persuade individuals through personally-tailored messages that no-one else hears. He considers how this is far more subtle and compelling than traditional mass media and explores the irony that the internet which has enabled grass-roots protests worldwide also grants powerful entities a new means of influencing large segments of the population."

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  • (Score: 1) by Covalent on Sunday February 16 2014, @10:17PM

    by Covalent (43) on Sunday February 16 2014, @10:17PM (#373) Journal

    You have an excellent point. Part of what makes my career so challenging is that students are forced to be there. Students who want to learn are easy to teach...those who do not want to learn are practically impossible to teach.

    On the other hand, though, what do you do with so many people who have no interest in learning anything at all? I have solutions for learning disabilities, struggles with particular subjects, you name it. But I have yet to find the cure for apathy.

    You can't rationally argue somebody out of a position they didn't rationally get into.