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Scott Ott


July 2, 2014 - 5:18 pm

My colleague and friend Stephen Green is wrong to feel betrayed by Facebook using us for psychological experiments, according to a columnist in the New York Times.

Steve should be happy.

Tech pundit Farhad Manjoo gives us this reason, among others, to rejoice.

Facebook’s latest study proved it can influence people’s emotional states; aren’t you glad you know that? Critics who have long argued that Facebook is too powerful and that it needs to be regulated or monitored can now point to Facebook’s own study as evidence.

This is like telling a woman who was startled by a Peeping Tom while she disrobed, “Aren’t you glad you know that men can see you naked through those venetian blinds? After all, there are some creepy men out there who would love to get a peek at your birthday suit.”

The voyeur could tell the judge, “I was just peering into her bedroom to confirm that she’s at risk of being seen in the buff. I was going to call her the next day to inform her of the threat, which is now much more than conjecture.”

After reading Steve’s piece, and then Farhad’s, I’d plunk down $59.99 on a pay-per-view bout to see Green v. Manjoo in a no-holds-barred debate on this topic…and then I’d put all the rest of my nickels on Green in 3.

Scott Ott co-hosts a news, commentary and humor show called Trifecta on PJTV. He created and hosted the 20-part series on the Constitution titled Freedom's Charter. His satire site, ScrappleFace, spawned three books and praise from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and many others.

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We may not be happy with this test, but the Times and the rest of the media must be loving it. The result that input changes the receiver's mood reinforces the importance of the propagandists on the Times editorial board and elsewhere.
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The people who write for the New York Times are pretty stupid. The people who believe it even more so.
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We know it only because a few people noticed the obscure publication of the study and finally brought it to light. This wasn't something Farcebook was ever going to openly tell their users via some public broadcast like they did when Commissar Zuckerberg interviewed Dear Leader. If it hadn't been brought to national attention, the NY Times wouldn't feel the need to cheer-lead for their friendly neighborhood totalitarian neo-oligarch. Sadly, Farcebook will face no consequences over this, other than a couple days of Mozilla-esque sad-face stats when a few angry users cancel their accounts.

Once again we learn that everyone's favorite tech geniuses are dangerous and cannot be trusted.
21 weeks ago
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Zuck it!
21 weeks ago
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Yeah. You fell for it? Zucker!
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