I had always heard (read?) people saying that technology companies, social media, the use of artificial intelligences, among many other things, had caused the death of the internet, at least its human side. Great was my surprise when I recently saw the following sentence on the website of a company(?): «We all know that GDPR will kill internet, meanwhile, we can fight with it». 😳

Context

I’ve been playing, even seriously we could say, with WordPress these days, as I have several projects on my hands that I want to develop and that would benefit, rather depend, on my skills to set up a WordPress website.

I’ve tried installing Kadence, the theme and the plugin, but there is something that doesn’t convinced me. Maybe it’s that I was already used to the default theme editor that comes with WordPress. This one, as I understand, has been implemented recently, and the truth is that I quite like it, despite not having all the capabilities that Kadence has. It is simple and avoids having to add large dependencies to the site.

However, the default site editor along with Gutenberg certainly has its limitations. For this reason what I have found most appropriate to do is to keep everything by default and use the plugin GreenShift to achieve those functionalities that are quite demanding in design, so to speak.

The encounter

So, looking for how to do some little things in the documentation of GreenShift I found the tutorial How to use local fonts in Greenshift for GDPR, and it is there, in the first sentence, where they start warning that «We all know that GDPR will kill internet, meanwhile, we can fight with it». We? We who? The developers of GreenShift?

Who is right?

My answer is, in fact, two that are intertwined:

  • Neither, and
  • It doesn’t matter

And I have already been talking about similar topics in the Newsletter, more specifically in the publication Or are we not animals?. It’s an idea that I don’t have fully formed yet, but that I think may be somewhat right and change the way we see the world (or I see the world).

  • If you’re on the side of privacy and you’re a consumer, it seems to you that companies are monsters out to devour your personal information. And to some extent you’re right.
  • If you’re an advocate for privacy rights and online security, and you’re a content creator, then you’re most likely using some kind of technology that is aggrandizing to users from these points of view. And it’s not wrong.
  • If you’re a business that’s trying to thrive in this environment of marketing, data analytics, etc., then you should respect the rights of consumers and not be so ruthless in this area. But if people accept and get certain pleasures from your service, who am I to tell them what is good or bad for them? Do I know what is good or bad for others? You have to be very arrogant to think like that. Some people think that soybean oil is poison, while others think that butter is the poison. You go tell one of them that they are wrong.
  • If you are someone who doesn’t care, then don’t even think about it. Go on with your life.
  • If you are unemployed, and believe me it is a bit desperate to be unemployed, then being hired by one of these companies will be a huge joy. And here I don’t know whether to include online privacy content creators, as many say YouTube is bad, and do so from a YouTube video, suggesting the following one.

And yes, I know, it’s a very quick analysis. Probably even superficial. But my intention is to make it very clear that nobody is right, and that it doesn’t matter to be right. We are here because of a number of extraordinarily improbable coincidences and events, and very much in spite of what we tend to believe, few transformations relevant to the history of the universe happen in the window we are given to live in.

These types of enterprises, technologies, ways of acting, etc. are extremely new, and will balance their benefits with their drawbacks over time. If it is beyond our circle of influence to change anything, what good does it do us to be indignant, much more so when we know that no one is right, and that there are always points of view that are equally correct and vertically opposed at the same time.

They may abuse the data collected from a group of people, but provide shelter and food and goods for another group. You go and tell them who is wrong and who is right.

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