[LAU] This could affect all of us.

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Fri Sep 7 14:43:27 CEST 2018

jonetsu <jonetsu at teksavvy.com> writes:

> For that matter, why are the major communications mediums used by
> people on the Whole Planet the ownership of private companies ?
> Wouldn't that be quite an important issue ?  Aside from any policy
> making process and regulation, a private company is entitled to do any
> action.

Because they are messing with the minds of people while leaving their
bodies alone.  If you used poppy seed juice rather than cat videos,
you'd get stopped before becoming the highest valued company on the

Though to be fair, Coca-Cola got pretty far even before reducing the
cocaine content of their drink to trace amounts.

> Why are many people staring down at their smartphones running private
> companies' communication between elements of the masses ?

Because said companies are providing products/value that people are
willing to pay for.  In the case of all that messenger apps, you can
trade in your privacy for cheaper connections rather than using the
regular phone services (and/or SMS).

David Kastrup

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