Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

There has been a flurry of discussion recently on how hard it is to escape the clutches of the internet's top five companies. But I find it pretty ridiculous. It's based on a series of articles by a Gizmodo writer who quit Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple and described how awful it was. I'm already off Facebook and Apple - I don't tuch them at all. I haven't bothered to quit Amazon because I barely do anything with them at all. Microsoft and Google I use quite a bit more - but that's because data and the internet are my job. If I l had a real job, like most of the people on earth, I wouldn't be dependent on Google or Microsoft. They fall into the 'nice-to-have' category. Go out (I say) into the world and look at how people lead their lives and earn a living. It doesn't depend on search. It doesn't depend on PowerPoint.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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