iFeudalism

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Feudalism is simply defined as a traditional hierarchical system which is divided into two portions, where the lords usually have power on their people while the people are required to oblige the Lord’s commands in every way. Apparently it is the Lord’s duty to protect and maintain their services, while also monitoring the obedience of his people. (Ganshof, 1980) As for contemporary purposes, feudalism is now renamed into Internet feudalism (iFeudalism).

Many of us do not realise how every content we create and post in social platforms actually belong to someone else. iFeudalism as I said earlier explains how our contents usually are regulated or controlled by the organisers within that social platform itself. Since these companies do accumulate details on our search, when, what time and what sorts of webs we usually visit to, they practically have enough information on us to breach our privacy. Further than that, some organisations even are capable of selling these data bases to other organisations which brings us to the fact that our identities as consumers are vulnerable. (Sampath, 2015) Adding on, there are even reports on Google gradually trying to connect to their users offline. Apparently, their launch called the Internet of Things was made to sync both worlds; analog and digital, to the Internet. While this occurs, users might as well anticipate the fact of no privacy as every organisation would be able to reach users without permission or consent anymore.

References:

Abels, R. 1988, Feudalism, accessed on 18/11/2015,

http://www.usna.edu/Users/history/abels/hh315/Feudalism%20entry2.htm

Sloan, J. 2013, The Rise of Internet Feudalism, disinformation, accessed on 18/11/2015,

http://disinfo.com/2013/10/new-feudalism-internet/

Sampath, G. 2015, Does the Internet of Things herald an era of digital feudalism, livemint, accessed on 6/1/2015,

http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/zy9mGHaOAnugUTuCKysGqM/Does-the-Internet-of-Things-herald-an-era-of-digital-feudali.html

Lazare, S. 2015, The Feudalism of Facebook: New Pay-to-Play News Feed as Indy Media Killer, Common Dreams, accessed on 14/5/2015,

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/05/14/feudalism-facebook-new-pay-play-news-feed-indy-media-killer

 

 

 

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