While it is no secret that exploitative practices are interlaced with capitalistic tendencies, the practices are becoming intolerable. Signing up to pay usually takes only two clicks that are prominently visible whereas cancelation options are hidden away in deep settings requiring multiple clicks. Pricing often feel arbitrary with no reference points. Every large company grows with the intention of exhibiting monopolistic behavior. This is not sustainable and should not be tolerated.

  • @[email protected]
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    That’s not even what pisses me off the most about the whole situation. I’m upset that my friends and family don’t care.

    • @asteriskeverything
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      gestures to everything else I mean… we are fucking drowning in situations to care about.

        • @asteriskeverything
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          …and then your friend and family don’t care about those either 🙃

          • @5too
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            I do think some of this is just fatigue. The usual way to deal with this is to either pick one or a few things to try to actively address, or just buckle down and wait for things to improve. Both lead naturally to a situation where it’s hard to get a critical mass of people to respond on any one subject.

      • circuitfarmer
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        But at a certain point, it’s still a cop out. And part of the trick. If you drown anyone in enough bullshit, you can’t expect it to all get called out – but that doesn’t mean it’s not all bullshit. It is divide and conquer in another form.

        • Carighan Maconar
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          How so? You can’t work on everything at the same time. And the more immediate and direct an issue is, the more it needs your direct focus.

          Meaning that issues such as dark patterns in cookie signups are automatically lowest-tier-ever-for-once-I-got-fuck-all-left-to-worry-about.

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            There is no war other then class war. It all ties back into our way of life. People don’t like to think about it because it’s such a huge cultural and political shift to fix it, that they can more easily imagine a post apocalyptic future. Rather then a future where you and your children aren’t exploited from cradle to grave.

        • @SomeGuy69
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          Covid has shown the world that we can drown the world in bullshit. Before that, people used to care more and companies had a name to lose, now there’s just apathy and greed left.

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        And I’ve stopped caring about nearly all of them.

        Not really much I can do about it, so why worry?

    • @egeres
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      I short of have a theory with this. There’s this belief that “netflix killed piracy” because they provided an actual service with a fair price and the commodity that people wanted to watch shows. And that later on, it got enshittified. But I kinda think that, collaterally, a very important factor that explains people not even knowing how to download a torrent or having 0 critical mind when it comes to the other companies abusing their power has been the surge of smartphones

      They were designed to have idiot-proof protection, but more and more they distanced newer generations from having a minimal technical background on how to use computers, which then leads to a more ignorant society incapable of saying no to such companies

      I’m not saying this has been the main factor but I have my suspicions to believe it might be related

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        This is such a good observation. We all assumed the “digital natives” generation was going to be able to just be hacker-level familiar with technology. And for those who grew up with just PCs, it’s probably true. But the “smartphone native” generation followed so quickly it changed the learning patterns. They understand tech generally and specific apps, but get lost with troubleshooting general problems because computers became appliances.

        Scary to think but…Are the same young people who a decade ago were tech support for their parents and grandparents going to have to also do it for their adult children and grandchildren?

        • @Ilovemyirishtemper
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          I am running into this problem at work all the time! I am a Millennial who does corporate training for new recruits in a field that we will almost completely train you on. I.e. you don’t have to have a specific degree or certification because we’ll train you on the job.

          I have found that almost all of the Gen Z hires don’t have more than a basic level of computer literacy. They didn’t learn the hard way in middle school that if you don’t save your essay, it will be deleted. They had auto-save. They don’t how to ctrl+alt+delete to get to their task manager to force shut down a frozen program because they (often) used chromebooks or phones/tablets where it was basically an internet machine that could be restarted if need be, but didn’t have more involved software. They have never had to troubleshoot issues with burning data onto a CD (archaic, I know, but our job requires it). They don’t know how to format a lot of things in Word because Google docs does a lot of it for you (or doesn’t even have the option). Hell, they don’t always know what a proper address on a letter looks like because they don’t send snail mail - although this only relates to tech in the formatting and printing of letters.

          So now I’m training them on the new material they have to learn for the job, but also computer intricacies that I learned in middle school on my Gateway computer with like 1 gig of ram and floppy disks. When you needed to format something perfectly for school, but nothing was user friendly, you had to learn a lot of weird tricks and workarounds.

          They are generally still better at using the computer than Gen X or Boomers, but the Millenials get computers on a different level because we grew with the tech. Gen Z can pick up new software quicker, but still don’t always get how things actually work.

          I also thought that as true digital natives, they would know a lot more than they actually do. I agree with the likelihood that we will more than likely have to translate for our elders and the younger generation as well.

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          the bad news is that, despite growing up with pc’s and having had some level of troubleshooting skill as a result, i have forgotten most of it in the last 10 years as computing/tech has become pushy and handholdy. i suspect this is not uncommon.

          edit - but i still miss xp. 😔

    • Carighan Maconar
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      That’s because your perspective is quite skewed if you think about it.

      To many many people, being at a level where issues such as “dark patterns in muh apps” is a big thing that might annoy them in their life would be absolute heaven. That means all their big issues are long solved and they got the mental and physical capability spare to worry about such, comparatively menial, issues.

      If your health is struggling, whether to accept cookies or not (at least digital ones) is really the least of your worries. Especially given that the vast vast majority wouldn’t know what it means either way, or even why it is a thing that anybody would ever care about. It’s like how you don’t care, until reading this sentence now, which parts of the print of a grocery product packaging inks are biodegradable and which are not and hence whether you should throw that empty cardboard box on your compost heap or actually shouldn’t do that.

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    should not be tolerated.

    Neither should posting YT videos that should’ve been articles

    A paragraph’s worth of information stretched into ten minutes? I’ve got way better things to do with my time

    Edit - twenty four minutes, fuckin hell

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      Synopsis by Gemini -

      This video by Mrwhosetheboss argues that big tech companies are prioritizing profits over users. The video uses the term “in ification” to describe a three-stage pattern that many tech companies follow. In the first stage, the company offers a superior service at a lower price to gain users. Once they have a large user base, the company focuses on increasing profits from those users by employing tactics like tiering and subscriptions. Finally, the company may reduce the quality of the service while still charging more.

      The video uses Uber as an example. Initially, Uber was significantly cheaper and more convenient than taxis. Uber was able to attract a large user base by offering low prices and a better user experience. Once Uber had a dominant market share, they introduced surge pricing and began to take a larger cut of each fare.

      The video also criticizes the proliferation of subscription services. The video argues that many companies are offering subscription services for features that were previously free or included in a lower-priced subscription. The video says that this can be a bad deal for consumers, especially when they have to subscribe to multiple services to access all the content they want.

      Overall, the video argues that big tech companies are becoming less user-friendly and more focused on extracting money from their users. The video concludes with a call to action, urging viewers to be more critical of subscription services and to cancel them when they are not being used.

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        Thanks Gemini, I hope they take a while before enshittefying you…

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          It’s already shit. They got rid of the ability to generate images with people in them over a month ago and still haven’t brought it back.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if they insert advertising into it within the next year

          • @NounsAndWords
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            Idk, it’s Google, so I think it’s more likely they just drop it entirely and start a new project with the same features…

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    Exploitative patterns like those idiotic youtube thumbnails the creators are using to draw extra attention to emotions not actually present in the video?

    Or making half hour videos for all of 14 sentences of actual content, to stretch the ad-income as much as they can.

    Yeah, that. Wish I could give a video -1 view instead of +1 after clicking onto it. Fuck youtubers such as this one, they’re part of the problem and don’t get to have a say in what we should or should not try to care about.

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      100% agree. I’ve found mrwhostheboss channel to be the worst when it comes to clickbait.

    • @AnUnusualRelic
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      If it isn’t a text file which I can read in 1/10th of the time it would take me to watch a stupid video (if not less), I’m just not bothering.

        • @Misk
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          Lynx Master Race, Rise!

      • Carighan Maconar
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        Plus it’s always a video, but never actually uses the medium. It’s just shots of the host talking to the camera. Very very rarely showing clips or screenshots that could even better be embedded in an article.

        Can you do a lot with a video, if done well and for the right subject? Of course, and for those it’d absolutely be the correct choice. But people like the guy linked in the OP are neither capable of nor interested in doing that, as it’s just a business to them. It increases income, so long youtube videos it is. That’s one big takeaway anyways: Content creators talk about this shit not because they care, but because it gives them money. It’s a business, not a passion.

        • @AnUnusualRelic
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          Making a proper video takes a lot of time. Just recording yourself reading a text while taking cool poses, not so much.

      • @ChunkMcHorkle
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        Install Blocktube or another extension that stops videos from starting when you open the link, and read the transcript. It used to be at the top, just under the video itself, but now they’ve moved it to the bottom of the video description so you have to go through all the affiliate links just to get to the fucking transcript button.

        But once you’ve found it, transcriptions are your best friend: skim it to see if there’s any real reason to watch (usually not) and enjoy that portion of your life that you just saved for things that YOU want and not what Google and that content creator want. The transcript will also tell you what portion of the video you need to watch, if actually watching it suits your needs.

        I also regularly speed up videos; 1.25 is great under most circumstances, 1.5 if they’re really trying to draaaag shit out. You can always slow it down again, but it’s great for getting through the fluff if you need to hear it all (like repair videos for something you’ve never done yourself).

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      The “best” you could do in this case is use ad blockers, don’t use an account and never interact. Even a negative interaction counts. It’s all “engagement,” even if negative.

      • @Duamerthrax
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        I installed a Channel Blocker and got into the practice of opening unknown videos in Private Windows. For some fucking reason, YT seems to think I want to hear about people complaining about being suppressed by the algorithm. I would leave nasty comments for those videos if not for the fact that, like you said, any interaction counts as “engagement”.

    • @Ultragigagigantic
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      Youtube face.

      People feel the need to monetize everything in their lives just to survive (not thrive). Consider directing your anger towards those who have purchased our government from us. Rather then being mad at the digital equivalent of a dude on a highway offramp holding a cardboard sign and begging for living expenses.

    • @Fungah
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      Who the fuck would rather repeatedly pause and in pause a fucking video, skim past bullshit, skip ads, or hell even USE YouTube over a block of text somewhere that c9ntains the info you were looking for.

      People watch this dog.shit. is it because its.the only.place you can find info anymore? Or do people actually LIKE this format?

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        seriously. “I want to learn about resistors!” doesn’t send me to a nice pretty static graphic I can reference, or a text explanation of the meaning, its some shit head (honestly probabpy a pretyy cool if somewhat anodyne engineering nerd) talking for 20 minutes with an seo title and like 2/10 of the pieces of information I needed in a totally unsearchable format.

        and that last bit might be the important part; its not manually user searchable. this matters, and I think its what the companies want, why they love video. it gives them more control.

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    Windows 11 is rife with it

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      Why do I have to tell my computer several time per week that I do not wish to let the X box app make changes to my computer?? I’ve never had anything to do with an X box. Oh, now you’re going to make my computer unusably slow unless I update and… what’s that… ? I can’t fucking update unless I ALLOW X BOX APP TO MAKE CHANGES TO MY COMPUTER??? Fuck you windows 11.