Can We Talk Privately About Your Privacy

Freeport, Illinois – Alright everyone. I love you all but really, what’s the deal with all these posts flying around about your Facebook privacy? You’ve seen them, I know you have.

Warning you of the dangers of the UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute, and all.

Do you really know what the UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute is?

We’ve all heard them before haven’t we? Facebook is going to start charging, some rich guy is going to give away a million dollars if you share this, a 93 year old holding up a sign asking for Facebook likes.

These kinds things enter our city every now and then and boy do people ever go crazy sharing them. Some think it’s real and others poke fun at it.

“Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy.”

I HEREBY GIVE MY PERMISSION to the Police, CSIS, the FBI and CIA, the RCMP, homeland security, nsa, DoD,the Swiss Guard, the Priory of Scion, the inhabitants of Middle Earth, Agents Mulder and Scully, the Goonies, ALL the Storm Troopers and Darth Vader, Cthulhu, the Dude, the Mad Hatter, Chuck Norris…

Pretty creative actually but because of all the Facebook frenzy and because so many people believe these types of outside things that filter to our city, we thought we’d share a little bit of information with you.

First, you have to understand there is probably a Channel 13 News in just about every city in America with a TV station nearby.  Channel 13 would appeal to millions and millions of people.

They use this technique a lot using something that sounds specific to millions of people. There are a lot of ways that is used against the public. But that’s not even the most important part.

Do you really know how big Facebook is?

Facebook, as of the second quarter of 2016 had 1.71 billion monthly active users.

That’s one billion 700 million people. Or for those who prefer – 1,700 Million.

Facebook is larger than China. China is the largest country on Earth. (A little ironic you might say since Facebook is largely blocked in China).

Facebook knows everything.

In one instant Facebook can tell you the top 10 things 1.71 billion people are talking about.  They can hone in and target a city, town, state or region and provide a report of the top 20 things people love, hate, make them sad, surprise them and what people are talking about.

If you ever question whether Facebook “has your information”, here’s the way to test it.

Go to a local hardware store and pick out a full face black winter mask, put it on and then hop in your car and drive to the nearest bank. Walk into the bank and ask for all the money in the vault. After you leave the bank, with your bag of money, just ask yourself this.

If the cops are looking for me, do I think they’ll find my information, photos, videos and messages on Facebook?

Do you think you’re first guess will be, “nah, those things are private man, I posted that UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 Rome Statute thing. I got this dawg”?.

Yeah, probably not.

Sure, maybe the average Joe can’t see everything. You can hide your photos or even your entire page from the public if they’re not your friend. But Facebook has your information, trust us. They’re the ones who actually store your information, so it’s like asking if the guy’s garage you store your hot rod in has access to your car.

Privacy? Facebook? Hot Rod? Forget about it.

In February 2016 it was announced that for the first time, more than half of the US population will use Facebook, according to eMarketer. They reported that 50.3% of Americans of all ages will be on Facebook at least once a month. That means 1 out of 2 people you meet in the United States is using or has in the last month, used Facebook.

One in seven people on Earth use Facebook daily.

In August of 2015 Facebook announced that one billion people used Facebook in just one day.

What you may not know though is that Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard Grad who developed Facebook is creating a community. His hopes, dreams and visions are giving the world a voice.

He said on his Facebook page, “I’ve always believed our offices should feel like a work in progress, just like our products and the community we’re trying to build” as he talked about photos he share from inside his company.

In an article by the The Independent Zuckerberg is quoted saying, “Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern worldA more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.

Facebook is the living room of life right now and you know what else Facebook can do?

It can be used to send, sway or introduce a message to the entire world. In 6 hours time a story can reach across the globe and not only be the topic but be a passionate discussion at tonight’s dinner table.

Did you hear about Trump, Hillary? Did you see Jenny’s new car and oh my god I loved the Johnson’s wedding photos. Her photographer is so talented and those flowers were beautiful.

Did you know some say people see as many as 5,000 ads per day? You’re getting bombarded with ads, opinions, topics and people’s crazy thoughts everywhere.

CBS News reported that according to Walker-Smith we’ve gone from being exposed to about 500 ads a day back in the 1970’s to as many as 5,000 a day today. Other say that as of 2007 it was 1,200 per day. Either way, we see thousands of ads in a matter of days. Signs, posters, billboards, radio, TV, newspaper, online, everywhere we go. That’s just ads. Count news, it very well could be as high as 5,000 per day.

Think that’s bad though? It’s nothing new. Complaints about advertising clutter date back at least as far as 1759, when Samuel Johnson wrote, “Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic.

In other words, you gotta take this stuff with a huge big ole grain of salt.

Just imagine if they were all repeating the same story? All the news networks airing the same news. Repeating the same thing to millions and millions of people. Has anyone ever switched back and forth while watching the nightly news because you liked the news team on one channel and the weather person on the other?

It’s the same news and it’s said by all of them.

Combine it all and you have a globe of people at your fingertips and the power to define millions of people’s combined thoughts into one or two words in any given time of the day, week, month or year.

What makes it dangerous is you also have the power to introduce news (or topics and opinions) to millions of people and in the blink of an eye watch if their own topics and combined thoughts change.

Facebook holds that vein of 1.7 Billion people and it’s all just report away.

Who utilizes this? Among others, powerful news media conglomerates who buy advertising by the billions.  There are a million social experiments one can test on social media to find out just about everything you could want to know about people.

News media conglomerates have access to this globe of people and they have the power to utilize or create specific stories to incite a conversation or to sway one.

I love technology and I love the fact that the people have a voice, but the reality is that power is very scary.  Social media should come with a warning manual.  The TV should have come with one also.

I’m going to turn 50 this year.  I lived before there was internet and a time when you could only get 3 channels on television.  I don’t think I missed anything back then.  My parents didn’t even have a television and they didn’t miss anything.

I have learned a few things over my time though and one thing I have always relied on during any time of confusion or mass topic hysteria, is to just go back home.

Home meaning, Freeport, growing up, back to my family and the times when my world was simple. Sure there was crime in the world, sure there were “bad people” out there, but aside from a few bad apples, I personally have never needed to hear 95% of the worlds thoughts, opinions, fears or feelings that were said out there.

In other words, it never did and has yet to make a difference in my life. It hasn’t changed my situation. I haven’t had to up and move from Freeport because crime got out of control, or war was coming our way. No epidemic, threat, cop shooting a 19 year old, a teacher scandal has hit home. No transvestite woman (appearing as a dude) has approached me and wanted to share the bathroom with me.

I didn’t need the George Foreman grill or that new slicer dicer shopper maker I used twice either and turns out, I can live without Hollister and Gucci afterall.  All the crap and garbage the world has tried to sell me and tell me I just never needed to hear at all.

So it doesn’t matter if I’m in Las Vegas or Pittsburgh, I just strip out all the noise and ask myself, does it really matter and 990 times out of 1,000, it doesn’t.  (Some people call it a bullshit meter.)

Sure, something down the street, on my block, across town, someone’s local family, absolutely. Something heading my way? You better believe it but all the rest, were a complete waste of space in my mind.

So if you want to complain about Freeport, go for it but complain against this because you know what the worst thing is that has happened to Freeport? The outside always knocking on our door wanting our attention. The outside has ruined Freeport.

They came in and took the jobs, they changed our education, they get the money, they incite the crime, they are at fault for so much of the behavior, they get the retail, the manufacturing, they create the poverty and now because of social media they have control over the culture of thought, opinion and social acceptance.

So the next time you hear something from the outside, just make sure you have your BS meter fully charged and ask yourself if it really matters. If it concerns you, research it among many different sources that can provide you with a check and balance.

I’ve spent nearly my entire life researching people and these top marketing teams know precisely how to get you excited, angry, happy and they know how to sway public conversation.

There are a lot of others sticking to new kind of news though.

There are many who stand against information you just don’t need.  People who are marketing professionals who realize that much of the news today actually creates the problem as it disguises itself as your friend.

These are not people who want to live in a naive or uninformed world, just not a world entrenched in garbage news, misleading ads and everyone’s crazy opinion.

News that sticks to what’s close, what matters, news that which you will ever really only have to deal with which are family, friends, local people and your own neighborhood.

Make no mistake though, there is no such thing as privacy anymore.

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