Facebook Should Be Paying Us, Says Jaron Lanier

By suggesting that users be paid for their information demonstrate a clear misunderstanding of how these platforms work. The trade is not our information for payment from platforms like Facebook, the trade is trading free usage of the platform in exchange for information, which is then traded again with advertisers. ‘Connecting the World’ = ‘Monetizing Users’. Anybody is welcome to not use this and any other service. 

What’s more interesting here is the author’s ties to Microsoft (there’s a disclaimer in the footer). It brings up the topic of Microsoft’s cringe-worthy marketing campaign of the last few years – ads very light on actual product usage (see Surface ‘Click’ ads), constantly deceptive comparisons (see Lumia ads), questionable product design decisions (see Metro interface), dysfunctional product tiering (see Surface RT), blanketed under stifling bureaucracy (see Steve Ballmer). 

Facebook Should Be Paying Us, Says Jaron Lanier

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