Several years back, a friend of mine told me I should buy into Apple's iOS -- invest in enough Apple equipment to start developing iApps.
Google, he said, was the new Microsoft.
I knew he was right, I knew Google wouldn't stay a true friend of Free Software forever. Really, the writing was on the wall, plain as day for all to see.
Google did not want to invest in the fundamental research that would allow a true Unix-style login on the Android devices, and that meant they had to prevent the ordinary user from getting root. They had to keep you from getting the power to perform even rather rudimentary administration tasks for Android devices.
Lot's of other blue-sky, sure. Anything that might eventually by piped into a profitable revenue stream. Guitars and wild parties? No problem.
But this rant is not about the difficulty of getting root on your device.
Well, Google did not ask me whether I wanted their recommendations in my youtube feed.
They didn't even ask me if I wanted my youtube app to start getting push content -- a "feed".
I don't want a feed of any sort. I am plenty capable of feeding myself, thank you. I definitely don't want their recommendations.
In point of fact, all of their recommendations so far have been completely off-base. And they will. Just like almost all the ads we see on TV have nothing to do with us, really. People reaching out to touch our pocketbooks, that's all.
I don't want to live in an information bubble -- especially not of Google's making and selling, even as the cost of a free account.
I guess that's the crux of the matter -- "free".
Can I afford to go to an ad-free paid account? I'd prefer to run my own servers, really.
But the cartels of "content", of course, think they would just as soon have me freeloading, so that they can push their ads at me and tap my pocketbook.
(Which is so empty it echoes. Makes a pretty good drum. Heh. Tap that drum. I still don't like the music.)
Seems like you can't escape the gossamer chains (bent metaphor, yes) of the influence of moneyed interests.
That's not what money is supposed to be for.