Facebook and Mood Manipulation
I don’t know about you, but I am truly starting to feel like a lab rat under a huge Hubble-like microscope. On June 14, 2013, I wrote a blog that started a bit of a tempest on my keyboard. The tempest was caused by my saying things like
“I have said, and will explain further in the podcast, that I will not change my life one bit if I am being spied on. I will not monitor my words, phone calls, or blogs and podcasts. I will not change one bloody thing because some guy (or hopefully, woman) is sitting in the tree outside watching me take a shower.” I couldn’t care less about the government’s ghoulish voyeurism.
Well, that’s all well and good, speaking just for me, but now I am totally ripping mad at Facebook. Facebook has published details of a big-time experiment in which they manipulated 689,000 posted comments, videos, pictures, and web links. Why? In order to influence our moods. They plan on trying to change my mood and make me care, and apparently, according to the press release by Facebook, they are succeeding. http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/30/technology/facebook-mood-experiment/
What really boils my eggs is they intend to use my friends’ emails, etc. to do it and can also use my posts to influence your moods. They are screwing with me and my friends, and I don’t take kindly to that. To take this mood alteration experiment a little further, if little Markey Z at Facebook has tried this, what can the government do?
A lot of people were angry with the government for spying. I wonder if Facebook has gotten us so hooked first that we can’t get angry. Maybe our moods have already been altered.
There’s more on this and other topics at Rambling Harbor. Come ashore and give a listen.