We live in The Digital Society.
We are using digital data to pursue some illusion of “perfection.” In some cases, we are using it against each other.
In more nefarious cases, we are using this data to profit at the expense of our fellow human. Some institutions are using your own data to extract your own life from you (see “We Almost Had a World-Changing Idea With the Internet”).
But, as Carr notes, if your insurance company can adjust your premium according to who’s in your car, it can also adjust it according to how many slices of pizza you eat. This is the nightmare world of Big Data, he says, where “puritanism and fascism meet and exchange fist bumps.”
And finally … I wrote about this back in 2009, in an article I titled simply…
The Digital Society. (PDF)
You have no choice but to welcome your digital overlords. Enjoy the real-life embodiment of George Orwell’s novel “1984” everyone.