Liz Gannes

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Facebook Actually a CIA Surveillance Program, Says the Onion

Facebook is a “massive online surveillance program run by the CIA,” conceived as part of the Patriot Act and so successful at information gathering that Congress recently reauthorized its funding, reports the Onion News Network. By contrast, pundits say the agency should cut funding for its Twitter initiative, with “400 billion tweets and not one useful bit of data was ever transmitted.” Meanwhile, Foursquare was designed by Al Qaeda to identify potential bombing locations, but most people wouldn’t miss its users if they were bombed.

It’s funnier when they say it:


CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work