Hey Faceberg, Orwell Wants His Plotline Back (UPDATED)

“oops.”

Faceberg spoke to Vox’s Ezra Klein, on his podcast, about Apple CEO Tim Cook who said that Apple is better off because it doesn’t sell users to advertisers:

“You know, I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib. And not at all aligned with the truth.

“The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can’t afford to pay. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people …

“I don’t at all think that means that we don’t care about people. To the contrary, I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm Syndrome, and let the companies that work hard to charge you more, convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”

And again: there is no altruism there. Faceberg’s bidness model is about selling user’s data (selling the user) to advertisers. The bit about wanting to connect everyone in the world is marketing.

(Transcript here)

UPDATE 1: Faceberg cares more about his trash than his user’s data.

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3 Responses to Hey Faceberg, Orwell Wants His Plotline Back (UPDATED)

  1. Yeah, I don’t really understand the comparisons people constantly make here.
    Apple sells widgets to customers. EVERYTHING else they do is in service of selling those widgets. EVERYTHING.

    Their business model is straight-up old school manufacturing and vertical integration.

    Facebook sells data to anyone advertisers.

    Neither Facebook or Google sell widgets (Google sells the phone but that’s almost a throwaway part of their business, honestly, just a way of saying to the world ‘hey we sell widgets too, like Apple!’

    People bitch at Apple about their prices, and their ‘closed garden’ and on and on and on, and if actual consumers putting money on the table for their widgets thought that way, well Apple wouldn’t sell so goddamned many widgets. (and everyone else wouldn’t sell so many copies strangely similar widgets to Apple’s. see: https://macdailynews.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/140501_phones_before_after_iphone.jpg )

    Apple sells so many widgets at their prices because they make well-made, functional widgets that people want to buy, and will pay a premium for that.

    Mercedes doesn’t sell cheap cars, either, (and they don’t sell their customers off to advertisers, either)

    Fecebook isn’t even in the same business universe, other than ‘hey Silicon Valley! Must be the same, right?’

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  2. Pyed Typer says:

    Early in the Facebook saga, a good friend encouraged me to sign up, explaining all the truly nifty things you could do with Facebook. I thought about what he told me and decided those were the kind of things I absolutely wished to do the least. Now, I’ve never had a facebook account, and I’ve only seen a couple of acquaintances working on their facebook, so this cannot be what one would call an insightful opinion, However, it seems to me that if an ordinary person spends more than half an hour a day on their own Facebook, they really must be into themselves.

    As for Zuckerberg’s trash, I honestly believe it is a corollary of why you don’t see any baby Sasquatch. The Sasquatch eat their young, and Zuckerberg eats his garbage.

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  3. osirisopto says:

    Say what you will about Faceberg (I am no fan), he didn’t hold a gun to anyones head and everyone on faceberg knew they were being targeted for ads for his profit.

    Now everyone is shocked to learn there’s gambling going on in this casino.

    I still believe that if CA had simply paid the bill no one would be the wiser. Instead they stole it, probably laughed about it, and bragged how they screwed FB in the break room, and some minor tech flunky got wind of the dastardly deeds and blew the whistle.

    FB’s stock lost 16% because of it.
    I’m tempted to buy some shares to make some money off of the stupid gits because it’s going to be back at 188 by the end of graduation week.

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