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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:14 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , capitalism, Celebrity, , , , Instagram, , Snapchat, social media, Social Media Influencers, TikTok, video, vlog, vloggers,   

    Covid-19: Social Media Influencers 

    The 2010’s have seen the rise of a new generation of working class known as “Social Media Influencers and Vloggers.”
    These are the people who spend their days posting selfie pics and videos on YouTube, TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.
    Apparently, most of them can make a decent living out of it too.
    Isn’t that just wonderful?
    Now I’m not hating on their profession or lifestyle. I don’t envy them nor do I wish I was them.

    There’s a problem with capitalism. It turns people into a bunch of obnoxious show-offs and self-centered pricks.
    I saw that at my old job. And I’ve seen that on YouTube.
    It just takes a trickle of money to get them dancing on their feet. And after that, the more money you throw at them, the more they’ll be willing to do anything. People will readily sell their souls to the devil if it could get them some money.
    After a while, money becomes the focal point. Everything becomes about the money.
    It’s one of the reasons I haven’t started my own YouTube channel.

    I watch a bunch of YouTubers regularly. Quite often, I will watch them for a while, and then the quality of their content drops as they grow into bigger channels, gain more subscribers and make more money.
    The only channels that I’ve been able to watch regularly without switching are the tech channels. Everyone else just seems to change into capitalist vampires once they grow big.
    And you can see it when they stop uploading videos and only make videos when they have a sponsor. When there is no growth, people become stagnant, and quickly lose interest in their work. After that, it’s just about the money.

    Anyway, a lot of what I’ve said above is irrelevant.

    There’s a bunch of YouTubers I’ve watched, who do not wear masks, frequently go out to “make content” with their friends, and have gotten infected by the Coronavirus.
    They have purposefully neglected social distancing, many of them live with their friends and have thus passed the virus onto them as well.

    I don’t want to name anybody here.

    Do these people have no shame?
    Do they not feel worried about getting infected and passing the virus onto others, who may potentially have low immunity or high risk?

    At what point did the objective goal become about making videos with as many exciting events as possible just to get more viewers and subscribers?
    There’s a pandemic out there; stay home and film yourself going about your boring life, share your thoughts with your viewers about topics interesting to you, and that should be enough for anyone who likes you to keep watching your videos.

    There are so many YouTubers who started out with regular normal videos and then shifted to these clickbait stupid videos going around,filming everyone and everything and trying to make their lives seem magical and full of excitement and adventure.
    You can fool some 15 year old teenager with that load of crap. But the rest of the world knows your life is as boring and pathetic as everyone else. Stop trying to exaggerate how lavish your lifestyle is.

    These are the people who get tested weekly, not because they care, but because they know their reckless lifestyles put them at risk more than anyone else.

    If I lived with my girlfriend and a bunch of friends, I’d be sitting at home, going out only when absolutely necessary, and taking all the precautions to avoid being infected.
    I couldn’t live knowing that I infected someone I loved or people I really liked because of my reckless and foolish actions. But that’s just me. I’m not a social media influencer. And rightfully so.

    Anyway, this has cut out a lot of YouTubers from my watch list. I’m glad I don’t have to waste time watching them. Thankfully I can divert my time to more fruitful activities, like watching flies fvck. I think watching two flies go at it would be more productive than watching another one of these obnoxious social media influencers going around with their stupid cameras spreading the Coronavirus to everyone else.

    I’ll have to make a list of these morons and keep it somewhere.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:16 am on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    How I Got Into Privacy 

    Privacy for me came more as a necessity than a choice.

    When you give people a choice, there’s a 90% chance that they’ll slack on the options.That’s why most of the governments and corporations in the world are exploiting privacy. People have become lazy. People stop thinking about what they’re signing up for. People begin to trust blindly. Because they don’t consider the options. They follow the herds, like sheep.

    Have you ever come across a slaughterhouse? There’s a couple of goats munching on greens outside, focused solely on the delicious meals before them. And every hour or so, the butcher will come out, pick one goat and take him inside. Or even worse, if the goats happen to be from the Asia, the butcher will slaughter them right on the pavement, in front of the other goats. What do the rest of the goats do? They keep munching, grinding their jaws, completely oblivious to their dying mate and his cries for help.

    This is the current situation of privacy across the globe.

    I got my first laptop in 2011. It was an HP Pavilion DM4 1600us. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. I also got a 512kbps internet connection with a well-known ISP who gave their own routers and landline phones as a great package deal. Except, it wasn’t.

    At the time, I’d just bought a new phone. The Nokia X2-00. It’s still lying on my table, quite dead now. It lasted longer than my laptop; being in daily use until late 2017.

    My first browser was Internet Explorer. But I quickly moved on to Firefox, then later, Comodo Dragon.

    This entire setup – the laptop, the OS, the ISP and their proprietary router – was a privacy disaster. That’s the summary. I endured it till 2016, when I made some massive changes and got an entirely new setup.

    I want to share some highlights of my journey from 2011 – 2016 with my Windows laptop and 512kbps terrible ISP.

    In 2011, I had just moved to one of the world’s most oppressive countries on the planet. I knew the ISP was tracking my internet usage through their proprietary router. But even if I’d had my own router, they’d still have tracked me; with them being the ISP.

    Here’s a rough timeline from 2011 – 2016.

    2011:-

    1. Installed adblock plus, ghostery, Web Of Trust extensions on Firefox
    2. Searched for a free browser VPN extension. At the time, I thought this would hide my traffic from my ISP, as well as hide my real IP from any websites that I visited
    3. Installed Splashtop OS and tested it
    4. Downloaded Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
    5. Installed Virtualbox. Installed Ubuntu and Linux Mint to check them out
    6. Created my first private online identity. Accounts on Hotmail, Gmail, Facebook, Google+, Yahoo, YouTube. Posted my first YouTube video before deleting it a few days later
    7. Read HuffingtonPost, ArsTechnica News daily

    2012:-

    1. Installed Comodo Icedragon and Comodo Dragon and made them my primary browsers
    2. Installed Comodo Internet Security
    3. Created my first universal pseudo-identity on Gmail, Outlook, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, MySpace. Was quite popular

    2013:-

    1. Created my 3rd online persona on a rather isolated social network
    2. Started reading news of the Snowden leaks. Didn’t pay much attention
    3. Browsed several tech websites religiously

    2014:-

    1. Started paying attention to the Snowden leaks. Did more research and downloaded as many leaked documents as I could find
    2. Deleted my first universal pseudo-identity and cleared up all associations with it
    3. Created my 4th online persona
    4. Browsed MalwareTips daily; installed several softwares with giveaway keys

    2015:-

    1. Created multiple online personas
    2. Joined Reddit, BleepingComputer, Imgur, Yandex etc
    3. Joined beta of Protonmail and Tutanota
    4. Joined MeWe.com
    5. Started using the Tor Browser
    6. Installed GlassWire firewall, learned to block connections from Windows Firewall

    2016:-

    1. Watched my laptop die
    2. Switched ISP’s
    3. Got my new netbook
    4. Got my new smartphone
    5. Upgraded the netbook from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Was still slow and laggy
    6. Installed Manjaro as my first Linux distro on my netbook
    7. Installed Elementary OS
    8. Installed Solus OS
    9. Installed Fedora
    10. Tried to install Qubes, Whonix, Debian, Subgraph, Sabayon, Lubuntu and failed
    11. Joined the Fediverse. Created my first account on Quitter, LoadAverage, Shitposter Club, JoinDiaspora and Hubzilla
    12. Quit Reddit, Imgur, MeWe etc
    13. Stopped visiting a load of websites such as HuffPost, Arstechnica, BleepingComputer and so on
    14. Deleted my first private online identity and all associated accounts
    15. Installed the latest update of Samsung Marshmallow via adb.

    Phew! That’s a long journey in discovering the ultimate privacy threat model that I could work on.

    There have been a lot of changes and improvements since 2017. I’ll leave that discussion for another day.

    Privacy is a learning curve. You have to start somewhere and work your way into the dark. Looking back at how far I’ve come, it required persistence. And the worst part of all that is, I had to go on a hunt to find what I was looking for. It wasn’t readily available. It took several months and years of patience to get things working. And it’s not perfect yet. There’s still a lot to be done. But finally, I feel free like a bird. I’m not bound by any corporate or government surveillance system.

    Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Dear Sunder Pichai, Dear Twitter, Dear Microsoft, Dear Google, Dear Facebook, Dear NSA, Dear GCHQ, Dear 5 eyes, 9 eyes, 14 eyes, Dear Politicians, Dear Government Surveillance Agencies, and to everyone who is involved in the spying, surveillance and oppression of innocent citizens across the globe, my middle fingers have got something to say to you:

     
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