Love your answer and I am in agreement. I am a willing participant in microtargeting however; go ahead and try to sell to me – it is a dare. But I game the system frequently; I’ll click always on one particular type of item until all of my ads are somehow related to what they guess this means about me. While I do use my regular name online, it is still a persona – and not a person – this is my marketed-to persona; and I’m ok with having a marketed-to profile [or several really] because I was raised with this as an inescapable reality; from mailing lists as a kid to its more expansive version we see today. I love AI and it is fun to challenge it. But beyond all of that, I’m an ancient netizen, on since the age of 17 in 1989 and fell instantly in love and advocated for everybody to get on. I didn’t want the corporate world to get on too but I should’ve known. They’re regrettable but I suppose the free-for-all world of pre-1993 was bound to end.

 Love your answer and I am in agreement. I am a willing participant in microtargeting however; go ahead and try to sell to me – it is a dare.
But I game the system frequently; I’ll click always on one particular type of item until all of my ads are somehow related to what they guess this means about me.
While I do use my regular name online, it is still a persona – and not a person – this is my marketed-to persona; and I’m ok with having a marketed-to profile [or several really] because I was raised with this as an inescapable reality; from mailing lists as a kid to its more expansive version we see today.
I love AI and it is fun to challenge it.
But beyond all of that, I’m an ancient netizen, on since the age of 17 in 1989 and fell instantly in love and advocated for everybody to get on.
I didn’t want the corporate world to get on too but I should’ve known. They’re regrettable but I suppose the free-for-all world of pre-1993 was bound to end.
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Way back when I’d travel the USA on a greyhound bus visiting internet friends all over. Very trusting; lots of fun and lots of crazy situations too.
I’ve got online friends I’ve never met in person from that time; people I bump into repeatedly online; and really, I wouldn’t want to meet in 3D life. This is a good medium for a certain kind of communication, one that I am very comfortable at, and I’m ok with this.
I think the impossible friendships are the most amazing part. Without internet, I’d be trapped by geography and class structure; online, all of that doesn’t matter.
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I always hated philosophy; But one day I realized NOT studying it was leaving a big gap in my knowledge and so in my early 40s, I joined a whole bunch of Philosophy groups on Facebook and forced myself to participate and join in until I had some idea what people were talking about, researching along the way. I had to be willing to look stupid for months, which I’m ok with, and it was worth it. By year’s end, I finally understood the difference between epistemology and ontology; a victory.

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