Google is evil to the core. Their motto used to be “Don’t Be Evil” but now they are just like a politician, always fucking you without the reach-around.
Google Glass. Data collector. The new vocal intelligent search. Data collector. Google +. Data collector. Everything that Google does is about data collection, and the way they try to tie all of a person’s data together in one mineable bundle is nauseating. They try to push the idea that it’s good that they know your habits and it’s good they can push advertising and make suggestions. How far in the shadows do you really think the U.S. government is lurking here? How long until Google starts imposing a marketing-driven digital gated community like AOL used to?
I’ve already improved my life greatly by shutting down all my Google services except Gmail, and that’s next. The instant they started tying things like Google+ and Youtube together it was time to leave them. It greatly disturbs me that Google knows things about me across platforms and across programs.
I don’t use an android phone or Iphone, those are like walking GPS transmitters. Plus they are isolating and dehumanizing. My phone is, in drug dealer slang, a burner. A disposable untrackable pay by the minute phone that I can change as easy as walking into a convenience store. I have only texted on it once, and it felt stupid.
I also started using apps to block all ads everywhere. An ad-free internet is soooooooo nice. I stopped using Blogger. I stopped using Flickr. Any presence I voluntarily have online, like this Tumblr, is layers deep in fake identifying data.
Next step is getting rid of Chrome and Google search. Opera browser is just as good and a million times less evil. Using a different search will make it harder for Google to track you (but they still will…) Getting rid of Gmail might cut the covert Google cord permanently. I’m sure Google’s invisible spying tendrils somehow extend to the very center of the internet itself though.
Beyond that, using the Tor Browser is a logical next step. The U.S. government is only slightly more trustable than a terrorist, and even that is debatable. You know every interaction you have with the internet is sitting in government servers. Just as a “FUCK YOU” to the 1984-ish surveillance of the populace using an anonymity/proxy network will be worth the added trouble.
This whole computer geek thing of being accessible online is idiotic and mind-controlling and isolating. Look at the sheep walking down the street frantically staring into their smartphones. When I see somebody walking down the street looking into their phone I see a potential victim. An unaware oblivious potential robbery victim who doesn’t even hear traffic noises or bird songs or see other people. Just a narcissistic zombie lost in their own head. This is what we’ve become, and Google is a big part of the evil that got us here.
I’m no tech luddite, my whole job is done on the internet and my office is many times higher-tech than most. Working at the headquarters of one of the largest companies in America we have to be out on the cutting edge. I just don’t want to be a sheep. I just want to always kick back at the pricks. Google, and by extension the whole 24/7 connected data-mining social website personalized internet surveillance world, are pricks.
You might think it’s worth it to have Google suggest some new restaurant you might like. Will you think it’s worth it when your door gets kicked in or you get audited or end up on a no-fly list? Fuck Google. You can never not be tracked, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it as hard as possible for the pricks to do it.
The most suspicion-worthy types are the dudes who don’t use google. Opting out is a red flag.