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>“What am I engaging in though?”  


Engaging in life involves risk and experimentation,

It is called interpersonal communications, as opposed to “para –social relationships” based on the implicit agreement between media performer and viewer that they will pretend that the relationship is not mediated-that it will be carried on as though it were “face to face” …the learning curve is in mindfulness and awareness of the difference and thus the essential establishment of mutually agreeable communications protocols is a primary and paramount consideration i.e.: we learn to speak the language of the 12 steps if we want to interact with the program, when in a different land we learn to speak the vernacular language, in order to be able to understand the culture and so on.


It never ceases to amaze me how mediated the public is and open to press any button that mass media advertisers deem fit, but reluctant and fearful of dropping off the edge of the web into some black pit, it they stray from the agendas of the media monopolies and bandwidth hogs, that leech them for 50 cents per minute for telephony and 160 per month to watch hockey on their computers.


For half a century, as media ethicist we have been involved in the struggle to wean the hive mind off the media addictions so that there is free and open informed dialogue on essential issues in our “democratic society” , we were pioneers of the philosophy of “public access to public media” and “free and open holistic education”



ViFrU* (The Virtual Free University*) is an interactive learning exchange based on mutual aid that has been active since 1972 and a pioneer of the distance education models now used a MIT and Athabasca i.e.:



Virtual university - Wikipedia

virtual university provides higher education programs through electronic media, typically the Internet. Some are bricks-and-mortar institutions that provide online learning as part of their extended university courses while others solely offer online courses.


The idea of a virtual university as an institution that used computers and telecommunications instead of buildings and transport to bring students and teachers together for university courses was first published in works like "De-Schooling Society" by Ivan Illich that introduced the concept of the use of computer networks as switchboards for learning, in 1970. In 1971 George Kasey, a media(activist)ethicist, delivered a series of lectures on "the Philosophy of Communications De-Design" under the sponsorship of Phil Jacklin PhD, professor at University of California San Jose, a member of "The (San Francisco)Bay Area Committee for Open Media and Public Access." The lectures contained the theoretical outlines for use of telecommunications and media for de-schooling and de-design of mainstream education and an alternative Virtual Free University system. By 1972 George Kasey established "Media Free Times - periodical Multimedia Random Sampling of Anarchic Communications Art" a prototype for remote learning with the use of "multi-media periodicals," that are now commonly referred to as "web pages".




Perhaps the question “What am I engaging in though?”  would best be put to our corporate media “friends” i.e.: FakeBook, Tweezer, Microshaft and BoobTube in terms like this:


How Facebook Messenger Is Spying on Your Every Move


Facebook Messenger is spying

People who have been using the Facebook app on their Android devices are now forced to download the Facebook Messenger app if they want that feature. The fact is that for today, the Facebook app does not support the chat feature on Android devices as the company has launched Facebook Messenger that exclusively has this function. As a result, the Facebook Messenger app can make calls, send messages, and take pictures without notifying the user, which is a serious concern indeed. Thus, many industry experts and users have pointed out the fact that the Facebook Messenger app is a new generation of spy applications. Why do people thing that Facebook Messenger is a spy? Just look at the following list of permissions that this app asks for when users want to install it on Android devices! Unfortunately, most people don’t bother reading the terms and conditions, which make the situation even worse. If you want to monitor someone’s messages, then you will need a special Facebook monitoring app

Just imagine, the Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded for over a billion times, and no one even asked for an explanation regarding its new requirements allowing to spy on each and every user.

·        The Facebook Messenger app now can change network connectivity, which means it can use Wi-Fi without notifying the user.

·        It can make phone calls without asking users, and these calls may cost money.

·        It can send messages to any number without asking the user. As you may have guessed, these messages can also cost money.

·        The Facebook Messenger app can record your audio without your permission or any confirmation.

·        It can use the phone camera to take pictures and videos at any time without asking for the permission.

·        This messenger app can read all data regarding your incoming and outgoing calls without your knowledge. It can also share that log data without asking for your permission.

·        It can read information and data regarding your contacts. It can also see which contacts you have contacted the most, including messages and emails. This messenger can even share this data without your consent.

Most of these permissions are definitely violating personal privacy. However, Facebook has an explanation regarding these permissions.

·        The Facebook Messenger app doesn’t spy on photos and videos. It needs control of the camera to let users take pictures and videos via the Messenger app and share those files on their profile.

·        It doesn’t spy on audio content. In order to record voice messages, record videos, and make voice calls, it needs the consent to record audio so that the user could share these files with others through the Messenger app.

·        The Facebook Messenger app doesn’t spy on phone calls. It needs the permission to allow users to call each other by simply selecting the phone number of the required person.

·        It doesn’t spy on messages. The Facebook Messenger app needs the user’s consent to read text messages in order to confirm that the messages have been sent by the server during the initializing phase.

·        The Facebook Messenger app doesn’t spy on the user’s phone contacts. It needs the user’s consent to read all the contact data stored on the target device in order to match them with the Facebook contacts.

This is not the first time the Android app is asking for ridiculous permissions to work perfectly on a smartphone or tablet, but now people are more aware of them, and they are raising voice. Communication apps cannot spy on your messages without your knowledge, so don’t forget to read terms and conditions regarding different permissions before you make a decision to install one!

Facebook Monitoring App






From: The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick


Facebook is perhaps the most “sticky" of all social media platforms. Logging out of
Facebook may deauthorize your browser from accessing Facebook and its Web
applications. Furthermore, Facebook adds trackers for monitoring user activity that
function even after you’re logged out, requesting information such as your geographic
location, which sites you visit, what you click on within individual sites, and your
Facebook username. Privacy groups have expressed concern about Facebook’s intent to
start tracking information from some of the websites and apps its users are visiting in
order to display more personalized ads.
The point is that Facebook, like Google, wants data about you. It may not come right
out and ask, but it will find ways to get it. If you link your Facebook account to other
services, the platform will have information about you and that other service or app.
Maybe you use Facebook to access your bank account—if you do, it knows what financial
institution you use. Using just one authentication means that if someone gets into your
Facebook account, that person will have access to every other website linked to that
account— even your bank account. In the security business, having what we call a single
point of failure is never a good idea. Although it takes a few seconds more, it’s worth
signing in to Facebook only when you need to and signing in to each app you use
In addition, Facebook has deliberately chosen not to honor the “do not track" signal sent
by Internet Explorer on the grounds that there’s Kho industry consensus" behind it.15
The Facebook trackers come in the classic forms: cookies, JavaScript, one-pixel images,
and fames. This allows targeted advertisers to scan and access specific browser cookies
and trackers to deliver products, services, and ads, both on and off Facebook.
Fortunately there are browser extensions that block Facebook services on third-party
sites, e.g., Facebook Disconnect for Chrome16 and Facebook Privacy List for Adblock
Plus (which works with both Firefox and Chrome).17 Ultimately the goal of all of these
plug-in tools is to give you control over what you share with Facebook and any other
social networks as opposed to forcing you to take a backseat and allowing the service
you’re using to govern these things for you.
Given what Facebook knows about its 1.65 billion subscribers, the company has been
fairly benevolent—so far.18 It has a ton of data, but it, like Google, has chosen not to
act on all of it. But that doesn’t mean it won’t.
More overt than cookies—and equally parasitic—are toolbars. The additional toolbar you
see at the top of your traditional PC browser might be labeled yahoo or mcafee or ask.
Or it may carry the name of any number of other companies. Chances are you don’t
remember how the toolbar got there. Nor do you ever use it. Nor do you know how to
remove it.
Toolbars like this draw your attention away from the toolbar that came with your
browser. The native toolbar allows you to choose which search engine to use as the
default. The parasitic one will take you to its own search site, and the results may be
filled with sponsored content. This happened to Gary More, a West Hollywood resident,
who found himself with the toolbar and no clear way to remove it. “It’s like a
bad houseguest," said More. “It will not leave."19
If you have a second or third toolbar, it may be because you’ve downloaded new
software or had to update existing software. For example, if you have Java installed on
your computer, Oracle, the maker of Java, will automatically include a toolbar unless you
specifically tell it not to. When you were clicking through the download or update
screens, you probably didn’t notice the tiny check box that by default indicated your
consent to the installation of a toolbar. There’s nothing illegal about this; you did give
consent, even if it means that you didn’t opt out of having it install automatically. But
that toolbar allows another company to track your Web habits and perhaps change your
default search engine to its own service as well.
The best way to remove a toolbar is to uninstall it the way you would uninstall any
program on your traditional PC. But some of the most persistent and parasitic toolbars
may require you to download a removal tool, and often the process of uninstalling can
leave behind enough information to allow advertising agents related to the toolbar to
reinstall it.
When installing new software or updating existing software, pay attention to all the
check boxes. You can avoid a lot of hassle if you don’t agree to the installation of these
toolbars in the first place.
What if you do use private browsing, have NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere, and you
periodically delete your browser’s cookies and extraneous toolbars? You should be safe,
right? Nope. You can still be tracked online.
Websites are coded using something called Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML. There
are many new features available in the current version, HTML5. Some of the features
have hastened the demise of the super cookies Silverlight and Flash—which is a good
thing. HTML5 has, however, enabled new tracking technologies, perhaps by accident.
One of these is canvas fingerprinting, an online tracking tool that is cool in a very creepy
way. Canvas fingerprinting uses the HTML5 canvas element to draw a simple image.
That’s it. The drawing of the image takes place within the browser and is not visible to
you. It takes only a fraction of a second. But the result is visible to the requesting
The idea is that your hardware and software, when combined as resources for the
browser, will render the image uniquely. The image—it could be a series of variously




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From: Miss K
Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2018 11:15 PM
Subject: Re: learning curve RE:


What am I engaging in though?


From: Miss K
Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:38 PM


are you on fb at all?