This article in The Guardian reminded me of two quotes.
“Foolish is the man who never reads a newspaper; even more foolish is the man who believes what he reads just because it is in the newspaper.”—August von Schlöze
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”-Mark Twain
So, here is another example of media news twisting things for an agenda, and they all have agendas. A couple of examples in that article (which is basically what you will see from most all news media outlets):
The headline “Here’s how to protect your internet browsing data now that it’s for sale” (italics mine).
From the article: “Congress voted this week to allow internet service providers to sell the browsing habits of their customers to advertisers.” “Now that they have been scrapped, ISPs such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are free to track all your browsing behavior and sell it to advertisers without consent.” (italics mine)
I ask, what is the impression given by these statements? Is it not that congress made legislation for the only purpose that ISP’s can sell data? Isn’t The Guardian trying to imply that ISP’s use to not have the selling of data available, but now they do? Maybe The Guardian felt obligated to mention that it was regulations that were being blocked, but it is clear, to me, that they were trying to give the impression that something new is going on, when, in fact, ISP’s have been able to sell data all along. The only thing accomplished by the removal of the FCC’s regulation is to maintain the status quo. If these media outlets were sincere about this situation, why were they not crying for Google and other entities being added to the ISP’s in this regulation that the FCC enacted last year?
I do wish I could find a news outlet that is honest.