Failing to Bring the World Closer Together A little over two years ago, Facebook updated its mission statement to, "Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together." Since the update, though, Facebook has pushed the world further apart. The data they've collected on their users have been exploited to the extent they've influenced multiple elections across the globe. Most notably, a data analytics firm called Cambridge Analytica used Facebook's data to create a profile of voters that were susceptible to advertisements. The Cambridge Analytica scandal was covered at length in Netflix's latest hit, The Great Hack. I highly recommend you watch it. Facebook … [Read more...] about What Would a World Without Facebook Look Like?
Profit at the Expense of Patients A couple weeks ago, I booked an appointment with a dermatologist to get a skin condition looked at. It's nothing serious, but it nevertheless needs to be treated. The appointment was confirmed with an M.D. at a location I had visited previously. Prior to being seen, I waited in an office containing 4 advertisements for dermatological services. I couldn't help but take pictures, some of which are included in this post. Soon after I finished taking pictures, the door opened and in walked a woman I hadn't met before. She introduced herself as a physician assistant (P.A.) and told me she'd be taking care of me. While I had booked the appointment with an M.D., I … [Read more...] about Financialization Continues to Fracture Society