The Most Dog Friendly Community Online
Join and Discover the Best Things to do with your Dog

Welcome to Our Community
Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

social media & farming? - Yup.

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by leashedForLife, May 16, 2018.

  1. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,630
    Likes Received:
    718
    Trophy Points:
    113
    .

    I'm not on Twitter, but many folks are - some wear denim overalls & drive massive harvesters, others raise fiber rather than corn, or make artisan cheeses or salsa or breads.

    here's a shepherd with a significant following -
    The Tweeting of the Lambs: A Day in the Life of a Modern Shepherd | The New Yorker

    I think it's good that farmers & ranchers are more visible - urban dwellers are far too removed from their food sources, & reminding them that it's not all done by robots in a warehouse is important. Living, breathing plants & animals - & for that matter, soil - make their food, & an army of humans does a lot of work to plant, feed, grow, create, process, package, & send it off.
    Fiber for clothing or gear is also a far-distant concept for most folks, other than hobby knitters & other crafters who use cotton, wool, silk, & other natural fibers to make their goods.
    Horsehair & rawhide for bridles, girths, ropes, & other practical & decorative gear is a traditional craft in the western states; they can be both beautiful & durable, & are often more comfortable for the horse, too.
    The hide of an aged horse or cow that died of natural causes is incredibly hard-wearing & far-more valuable than the hide from a 2-YO beef steer.

    - terry

    .
     
    Violet Turner likes this.
  2. arealhuman

    arealhuman Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,870
    Likes Received:
    1,784
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Fair play if social media is your thing, and it has its benefits, but the users are the ones being exploited (and in most cases, non-users too). I avoid near FB, Twitter, Instagram blah blah blah as much as I can, but I realise the web and people's mobile devices are riddled with their trackers and creepy surveillance tools.
     
    merlina and Flobo like this.
  3. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,630
    Likes Received:
    718
    Trophy Points:
    113
    .

    I've avoided FB like the plague since... Nov?, i think it was, 2012.

    4-plus months ago, I was blackmailed into logging onto my FB acct in order to enter a drawing for a free pass to a 4-day national dog-trainers conference - & even AFTER * LOGGING * IN, i couldn't open the drawing-entry page.
    :mad: Teeth-gnashing, swearing, & some angry complaints to the website-owner ensued. :oops: I was intensely frustrated - i logged in, & all for nothing. :( Wa-a-a-ah!...

    - t

    .
     
  4. Josie

    Josie Administrator Administrator Registered

    Messages:
    2,839
    Likes Received:
    2,722
    Trophy Points:
    113
    To balance it out .... it also has lots of upsides to when used in the right way :)
     
    Violet Turner likes this.
  5. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,630
    Likes Received:
    718
    Trophy Points:
    113
    .

    FB is powerful as a sharing platform for rescues, shelters, etc, b/c of the number of eyeballs it draws, but the incessant drive to monetize users' personal data is both maddening & scary.
    IMO, of course - some think that's paranoia. :rolleyes: . I think it's realistic. :p

    - t

    .
     
    Flobo likes this.
  6. Flobo

    Flobo Well-Known Member Registered Partner

    Messages:
    318
    Likes Received:
    436
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Everyone around me just groans when I start ranting about FB etc and how insidious it all is and I'm not allowed to get started on my 'paranoid' theories about Alexa and Siri,(or whatever their names are) haha!!:D
     
    leashedForLife likes this.
  7. arealhuman

    arealhuman Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,870
    Likes Received:
    1,784
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I share these views, and they're well supported by evidence, but I think everyone just gets overcome with the convenience of it all (and nobody reads the small print!). I could start a whole topic (but won't ;)) about Snowden, Schrems et al and I fail to understand why the majority of people fail to see the risks involved with wider internet use and the free handing over of their data. I also get amused when people clear their cookies and browsing history, thinking that the record of their internet use is now gone! :p
     
    Flobo and leashedForLife like this.
  8. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,630
    Likes Received:
    718
    Trophy Points:
    113
    .

    there's a movement afoot in Calif to return control of their data to users, & limit data-mining -
    naturally, 'net companies & IT industries are saying it's unnecessary, unwieldy, unfair, etc. :rolleyes:


    If Facebook can't protect user data, California lawmakers may step in ...
    California has a plan to police Facebook
    Mar 22, 2018 -
    Silicon Valley operates in a regulatory Wild West. But with repeated and high-profile data breaches piling up, its days of unchecked authority ...


    Understanding Facebook's Widening Crisis Over User Data - NBC ...
    https://www.nbclosangeles.com/.../Understanding-Facebook-Cambridge-Anaytica-Use...
    Mar 23, 2018 -
    As more details emerge about the data privacy scandal surrounding the Trump-connected firm ....
    Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California.


    Facebook Will Stop Funding Opposition To A User Privacy ... - NPR
    https://www.npr.org/.../facebook-will-stop-opposing-a-user-privacy-initiative-in-californ...
    Apr 12, 2018 -
    Called The Consumer Right to Privacy Act of 2018, the California ballot ... responsibility for a data scrape of 87 million users by British political ...

    ____________________________________________


    The bill will also force websites to identify & halt bots spreading disinformation -
    QUOTE,
    "Rep Marc Levine introduced LINK: AB 1950 in January, [requiring] social-media sites to identify & verify all social media advertising purchases as linked to verifiable humans.
    'AB 1950 will regulate bots and prevent the spread of misinformation', he said. According to Levine, the tech industry is unable to regulate itself."

    source:
    California Wants to Govern Bots and Police User Privacy on Social Media

    I hope it passes - of course, tech-industry lobbying is fiercely opposed, but as Calif goes, so goes the USA - eventually... so we may yet rein in the nonstop suctioning of personal data. :)

    - terry

    .
     
  9. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,630
    Likes Received:
    718
    Trophy Points:
    113
    .

    there's also this -

    Senate Votes to Overturn FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

    Yay! :) - It's likely to be overturned by the House of Reps, but outside D.C., several states, Calif among them, have filed lawsuits vs the FCC over the loss of net-neutrality. // Again, a sprig of hope.

    - t

    .
     
  10. arealhuman

    arealhuman Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,870
    Likes Received:
    1,784
    Trophy Points:
    113
    GDRP in the EU is a step in the right direction, too, although FB have taken steps to limit their compliance.
     
    leashedForLife likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.