Netflix's betrayal is nothing compared to what Google, Apple and Facebook are already doing

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Mo' money, mo' problems.
Yesterday, Netflix informed its users that from September on, its services are going to cost more and offer less -- a pretty harsh blow to its wide base of users. The move came as a surprise to many Netflix customers, who have flooded the Netflix Facebook page, blog and Twitter account with angry comments and threats to cancel memberships. Netflix is turning a corner: No longer one of the "good guy" major corporations, it seems bound to lose its target demographic (the 25-35s who want greener living, convienence and cool, all in sexy packaging).

Or will it?

Because, as it would seem, kids these days put their faith in a lot of mega-corporations that offer little more than glossy marketing and twenty-something tie-and-shirt (with the occasional black-rimmed glasses and nose piercing) customer-service representatives --basically, today's version of the Bible salesman. In fact, three of the most corpulent, greed-driven corporations today hiding beneath the veneer of beauty and goodwill are Google, Apple and Facebook. Forget Netflix. Netflix taking advantage of a monopolized market (thanks to Blockbuster closing) after luring customers in with low prices is a joke compared to the chicanery of these three giants. That was capitalism; this is scary.

Facebook

What do we see in Facebook that we didn't see in MySpace? MySpace had (has, but they're like the ex-girlfriend crying in the corner we'd rather forget) awesome music-sharing features; users could write their own code to design profiles; and users could erase their entire profiles of their own free will. Apparently, though, most people would prefer a monochrome exterior dictated by the man (Zuckerberg), extreme rigidity in designing your online profile, and the loss of personal rights to pictures, conversations and posts -- not to mention no added protection against identity theft and trolling.

Apple

Apple, like Facebook, also offers the world in prettier packaging, but at a phenomenally high cost -- twice to three times as high, as a matter of fact -- making it a status symbol for those who hate status symbols. No matter what product Apple is selling -- the iPod, he iPhone, the iPad, the iMac -- all Apple needs to do is make its product look sleek and charge a bunch more money, and everyone lines up for the slaughter. As if that weren't bad enough, Apple mines a person's every activity and sells that information to other corporations. Just two months ago, Apple got in trouble for tracking iPhone users like big brother, using the GPS locators in each phone.

Google

Google takes the cake for being the scariest corporation hiding under the guise of white-bread perfection of all time. Rush to get your Google + invites, and make sure not to read the Terms of Agreement, because Google owns your shit when you upload it to any one of their platforms (Gmail, Google Chrome, Google +). If that weren't frightening enough, Google is currently caught up in legislation that may force them to give information to governing authorities if a person is under suspicion. Couple that with the Patriot Act, and personal information is a thing of the past. Trusting Google requires trusting the government, trusting the CEO of Google and trusting other users.

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We might as well be burying our money in jars in the back yard like our post-Depression-era-raised grandparents, wearing tin foil on our heads and hiding information from our computers -- that's how 1984 these corporations have made the Internet.

Dwight Schrute might be right after all.

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Chris
Chris

If you're so anti-Facebook, perhaps you shouldn't be posting on a page that proudly asks readers to "Like us on Facebook."

Sarah
Sarah

This article really isn't "anti" anything. It's informative. It's factual. It's a glimpse behind the scenes. And I appreciate knowing the hidden schematics that make the world go round. If we are all going to take part in something, we should know what the hell we are getting into--lending to educated, well-informed choices (which more often than not, is a rarity).

Tiffany Fitzgerald
Tiffany Fitzgerald

I also used Google to google "Google" for the video I used in this piece. So, as far as hilarious irony goes, that one takes the cake.

Valerie Ott
Valerie Ott

I don't care if google and facebook "own my shit," because I don't post anything there that would harm me if it went public. And does facebook "owning" a profile picture of me posing with a huge inflatable shark in a pool cost me an extra $8 a month? Nope.Also, I ABSOLUTELY would "prefer a monochrome exterior dictated by the man," simply because I got tired of clicking on myspace profiles that either sent me into a seizure or crashed my browser because 53 videos, animated gifs and MP3 files all open at the same time... you know, because it makes them UNIQUE. 

Valerie Ott
Valerie Ott

I don't care if google and facebook "own my shit," because I don't post anything there that would harm me if it went public. And does facebook "owning" a profile picture of me posing with a huge inflatable shark in a pool cost me an extra $8 a month? Nope.Also, I ABSOLUTELY would "prefer a monochrome exterior dictated by the man," simply because I got tired of clicking on myspace profiles that either sent me into a seizure or crashed my browser because 53 videos, animated gifs and MP3 files all open at the same time... you know, because it makes them UNIQUE.

Tiffany Fitzgerald
Tiffany Fitzgerald

You certainly bring up a couple of good points--Facebook doesn't charge you to own your shit and gifs were annoying, but I think you'd be surprised how easy it is to take your identity from Facebook, using your photos. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/n...

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