Fake or Credible Internet?

Executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google appeared today before Congress to discuss issues of possible Russian election interference. What I learned from that discussion was that internet providers are not as transparent as they claim to be. It has been a long-standing unwritten policy that the internet will not be controlled by anyone or any company. What we perceptively learned today was that the big internet giants have an interest in revenues and public image. Naturally, they do not wish to be labeled as “controllers of free speech.” But what about television, mail adverts or newspaper media flyers. They are regulated by many rules and regulations, and the deliverables of that particular irregularity or false product could be held liable for distribution not to mention investigators will be serving search warrants and filling up evidence boxes for later court dates. Such false advertising or false production is similar to snake oil pitches. Eventually, the salesman and the product can be banned and criminally charged if it causes harm.

The internet can be a dangerous place. It does have a unique mystique about it, and the data it collects and shares can be compared to a diamond mine depending on how one desires to implement a plan. But the internet today is not the porn hub central that once was deemed the 1990’s deviant playground. Today, the internet has become a part of our connected world with ala carte news and home appliance device connectivity. This is a differing contrast to European and foreign markets that protect user information. The internet has become dangerous because we have created conditions for it to be hazardous. Without fundamental enforceable law and boundaries, we have allowed the internet to be policed by not companies and people but instead analytics and software. This is not to imply a conspiracy theory of artificial intelligence taking over the world. Alternatively, the implication is that software is not human enough to determine what is real versus what is not. But to take that argument a bit further, many Americans have difficulty in distinguishing between fake or credible.

Based on that little snippet of discovery it will be hard-pressed for any prosecutor to effectively rule on the Russian election hacking issue. Not because of evidence, but because of the complexities of election laws differing across state lines and internet data servers that typically reside outside the United States as a form of redundancy and backup qualities. Let’s not mix up collusion with election tampering. Collusion is a secretive path to data where tampering is a physical adulteration of data. But I think it is equally important to ask tech giants to disclose to government or a branch of oversight how it maintains its secretive or propriety paths. For example, today I performed a random search of Kevin Spacey and Anthony Rapp separately. What I quickly discovered was that Spacey had all the press information while Rapp had similar linkage. There was not one negative search story about Rapp to include alternative viewpoints or discussions. Why? Is it that analytics immediately point to what is deemed credible or is it what tech giants want us to read?

Overall, it is very complicated, and any legal ramifications about internet tampering will ultimately set a new precedent of how we or others police credible data. Another question to ask ourselves “does metadata exclude opposite viewpoints on purpose because it deems them as false?” This would be the argument I would introduce because not one blog or publication raised issues with Rapp. I am not attempting to slam Rapp. I am only using this as a prime example of how information seems adulterated and selectively scrubbed while searching for it.

The bottom line is that tech giants have an agenda and we the people are its product. Naturally, there won’t be much transparency from tech giants because that would remove a large slice of income and data collection from its grasp.  Google, Facebook, and Twitter currently monopolize our data where we do not own ourselves or our privacy any longer. Until someone breaks up the monopoly or peels back the onion of these companies, we will continue to witness distortion and snake oil pitches that seem all too real. Perhaps the internet and another nation adulterated our recent election by creating emotional harm. At what point will it become perilous where many people die or are harmed because the internet has succeeded credible standards seemingly no longer used because it’s not technical or high speed sufficient?

Mary Tyler Moore and Reflection

I was sad the learn that television actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away on Wednesday. In my early years, I grew up around the television set. I remember watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show at a very young age. I didn’t really comprehend or understand the innuendo or modern life of what the show entailed. What I did understand was comedy, laughter and a bit of slapstick. Despite the adult-minded humor, Mary Tyler Moore and her cast were able to make me laugh and smile.

Most people will remember Mary Tyler Moore when she appeared on the Dick Van Dyke Show. I was only a year old when that show ended, so it’s safe to say that Moore was already an established television star. Her career continued quietly from Broadway to Motion Picture films. Additionally, her career would oversee many productions under her company name at MTM Enterprises. That success would create such shows as The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Hill Street Blues to name a few.

Many people may not be aware of her charity work with animal rights, and she was a devout vegetarian. Moore was a Type 1 diabetic and volunteered, sponsored and donated countless hours and dollars to an organization that greatly affected her life. Moore was not one to take a back seat to women’s issues. In fact, she was the unofficial women’s movement leader of her time. She was the first television actress to wear pants on television despite the fact that a house rule of all females would wear dresses or skirts. Television sponsors were so outraged at her wearing pants that she could only wear pants once a week in studio taping to keep sponsorship of her popular television shows. To me, Moore was an icon of the women’s equality movement. She was the face and voice of women’s concerns using a television platform to get women’s issues addressed.

Moore was also sidekick to the ever popular Ed Asner and Betty White. Her serious pan face on camera could make anyone laugh because she seemed stuck in the middle of idiotic situations relevant to our daily encounters. We knew what she was thinking even before the facial expression which made the laugh even funnier. It’s difficult to recreate that quality form of serious character in an expression that appears real in a comedic role. Perhaps that is what I am trying to say. Mary Tyler Moore was a real person that didn’t force us to laugh. In fact, we laughed along with her. For that, she will be surely missed.

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