How the Web is being body-snatched

Doc Searles, Apr 05, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The outline-form notes are a bit hard to read, but it's worth the effort to take the time to ponder Anil Dash's comments on how we're losing the web. Take, for example, this bit: "They are gaslighting(*) the Web.

  • Note how unevenly Facebook places warnings. “Please be careful…” they say, about clicking on a non-Facebook facebook link. You see this on many non-BigCo sites that use Facebook logins. But…
  • With big Facebook partners you don’t get the message. Coincidence
  • Also, sites that register with them get the warning, while those that don’t register don’t have the message, even though they are [no] less trustworthy. (Do I have that right? Not sure.)"

(*) "Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim." - Wikipedia. Not that there was no warning that these kinds of things would happen. See also David Weinberger.

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