I blocked cookies from my iPad today and when I tried to log in to WordPress I saw this:
“ERROR: cookies are blocked or not supported by your browser. You must enable cookies to use WordPress.”
Then, I tried to access “my” e-mail account. I saw this:
“Sign in with your Optimum ID”
It got me thinking…
I looked up “Internet cookies” online and, on a site called “Surf The Net Safely”, I found the following:
“Internet cookies are small pieces of information in text format that are downloaded to your computer when you visit many Web sites. The cookie may come from the Web site itself or from the providers of the advertising banners or other graphics that make up a Web page. Thus visiting a single Web site can actually result in the downloading of multiple cookies, each from a different source. You may never actually visit a page of one of the major advertising agencies”, “but you will still get cookies from them. Cookies typically contain some kind of ID number, a domain that the cookie is valid for and an expiration date. They may also contain other TRACKING INFORMATION such as login names and pages visited.”
The page continued to inform me that cookies are “necessary” for “persistence” since the Internet is a “stateless process” so they are needed to “personalize information” (stalk us) and allow “for the purpose of collecting demographic information” (make corporations’ stalking experiences easier and more efficient).
I’m sure this is boring and innocuous to most people since tens of millions think nothing of posting their lives into the public “diary” the FBI keeps on everyone (Facebook is what they call it). I just wondered what other people thought about revealing so much personal information. After all, we hear how information can be power. It’s interesting how people give away so much, yet expect so little in return from our rulers.
Why is marching to the drums of conformity and obedience so much more popular than dancing to your own music?
Just wondering. Peace to all…