How many dongles do real people want to wear?

Zero.

Out of necessity, One.

Out of hubris, three.

Four or more and you are a technology journalist who has no sense of how real people live.

 

 

(I wrote this about 5 years ago. I was probably annoyed at sombody.)

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Keeping You Scared and Angry as a Tool

If I can figure out who you are, what you like, what you dislike, who your friends are, what your friends like and what your friends dislike, and I can manipulate you.

All I have to do is get you scared, get you angry and keep you angry.

Are you religious? I will show you an image of Hillary Clinton as a devil, Jezebel and heathen along side an image of Donald Trump wearing a halo. Then, I tell you Hillary will be in charge of your country. So you get scared, get angry and do something.

What is scary here, I have the data you are religious, not the B.S. message. I am looking for you. Now all I need to do is keep you angry. So I do it again. And again.

Do you like guns. There are groups wanting to use the government take your guns from you. And there are rapists and armed criminals running free; how are you to protect your family from these people without guns. These groups need to be quieted and and you need to stop these groups. So you get scared, get angry and do something.

What is scary here, I have the data that you like guns, not the B.S. message. I am looking for you. Now all I need do is keep you angry. So I do it again. And again.

Keep a base of people scared and angry, by any means necessary. Using the best data mining and analytics technologies available to automate feeding questionable messages, eliciting fear and anger. Again and again.

This is where we now live.

 

You are probably not reading this.

If you are an average person, according to my stats, you are probably not reading this.

Blogs have this excruciatingly simple barrier to entry. Really, you could go start three blogs right now with $0 in your pocket, an internet device and some free WiFi from Starbucks. Starting the blog is never the problem. Maintaining the blog is a problem.

This blog my 4th. It is also my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I have brought in most of the content from my earlier efforts.  Links will be broken. Pictures missing. Content is dated, especially the stuff about Ted Stevens.

The following references will not make sense if you are under 40:

I once thought ‘Ask a Ninja’ and ‘Rocketboom’ were the most brilliant things ever.

Time will change your perspective, without your permission.

I miss my favorite blogger. Cancer sucks.

Instead of coming up with excuses as to why I have not blogged in so long and why you should care, I will tell you to, please, remain indifferent; and, if I want to, I will write more later. And if you choose to you can read it. But as I said, you are probably not reading this. I’m good with that.