I don’t think ‘i have nothing to hide’ and ‘mainstream metadata harvesting is not targeting/going to harm me’ are arguments with any validity.
Neither are ‘everyone uses mainstream social media, and I won’t be in the loop’, or ‘the metadata collected about me aids me, and knows me well’, or, especially in the case of activists: ‘we need to go where the masses are’ (virtually the same argument as: ‘we should publish all our material in a Rupert Murdoch newspaper’
when I spend some time explaining movies like Facebookistan and books like The Twittering Machine, people I talk to quite often turn to fatalism and moral relativism in order to answer my arguments: ‘there has always been surveillance’, ‘you believe in a utopia, there isn’t a single right way for everyone’
there has also been some bizarre arguments levelled against me that Facebook is easily accessible to disabled people, therefore I am an ableist by saying they shouldn’t use it…
The doublethink and doublespeak around mainstream social media is really worrying. I suppose I keep talking to people to whom the system is treating kindly, and that don’t seem to worry about how things are going to turn out for them