My public internet days travel backwards to the last century on some old beige Macintosh sitting on my desktop. I bought a 14.4k baud modem and found a telephone line that wasn’t being used and connected to a newly formed internet service provider.
Once I got through all TCP/IP settings I connected and installed the Mosaic browser and watched a few websites slowly pour onto the Mac’s screen. Those were the days. The information superhighway was to make the world a village. Well, here we are a few decades later and the village is on fire. Torched by the villagers. What’s going on?
Help Me, Apple!
What’s going on may be obvious to you and I but not to many of the great unwashed masses of humanity who live and breath Facebook and have yet to understand the differences between fact and fiction, fake news and opinion. We live in the era of the misinformation superhighway. Yes, the interwebs may bring us apart again.
Who can save us from ourselves? Honestly, I don’t see anyone or any event or any trend or movement toward sanity that can help humanity. We’re doomed to a life of fragmented information that becomes less believable and trustworthy day by day.
Yes, gaslighting is a thing and it is dangerous and has consequences.
Leading members of the government use their power and position to distract from their own mistakes in order to enrich themselves personally, or they pursue goals that create a considerable financial disadvantage for society or cause psychological harm to society in the long term. The actions are consciously or unconsciously directed against the well-being and/or integrity of one’s own citizens.
What can be done? Nothing. That’s where Apple comes in. Apple’s much criticized walled garden ecosystem is a welcome haven for those of us who wish not to be tracked and stalked incessantly, hounded by device makers and service sellers who have their best interest at heart; not ours. Yes, Apple needs to make a profit and seems quite adept at doing so. We pay for the privilege of those walls and the ecosystem that makes our products work well together.
The interwebs is full of trouble for humanity and Apple, among few others, gives us tools to help manage our way each day– provided we pay attention and pay the price.
Gaslighting governments cannot actually occur in real democracies and therefore presupposes a dysfunctional democracy or dictatorship, plutocracy or oligarchy. The dysfunction of a democracy can have different reasons.
Apple could do more. Where is secure email? It’s 2018 already. What about settings that prevent users from visiting websites which seek to harm rather than help? With a billion Safari users Apple could create the world’s best junk mail filter and safe browsing list, but instead gives money to shareholders who are wholly undeserving of such benefits. Apple could easily afford to create an internet fast lane, a virtual private network for every iCloud user but instead spends tens of billions on stock buy back plans that benefit mostly 1-percenters.
Apple claims to be about the customer’s experience, yet even with all of Apple’s hardware toys and software and services at my disposal, it remains a jungle out there, a village on fire, and villagers run amok. Help us, Apple. I’ll pay more. Again.