I have several reasons for having recently spent a lot of time thinking about the ramifications of “services” like Facebook and Twitter. You all know my some of my past criticisms. Today, I came across an article in which the author defines one of the more ominous but increasingly unavoidable trends of these and similarly services: “forced participation”. More and more we are being asked to become a member of, or register with such and such, if we want access to the latest news or information.
It isn’t a stretch to think that someday, for the sake of convenience, our registration credentials will simply be displayed on our foreheads so that when the interface is activated and the camera scans our faces, we will be given instant access to all our favorite services. To quote the Iron Giant, “And all that that implies”.
We are frogs swimming in a pot of water that is slowly being brought to a boil.