What is up With the Blasted Apps Already!
Is it just me or do others realize that they are being manipulated into spending through skillfully designed apps? Has anyone one noticed that there has been a barrage of apps and a big push towards everything and every company being its own app? They want your shopping experience to be through the Amazon app, the eBay app etc. They want your video experience to be through the AAB app; the NBB app; the SBS app, your audio experience: the ‘this’ app the ‘that’ app. I open up my browser I venture into cyberspace I see a news article I want to read more I click on it. A black space comes up with a caption download the ‘this’ app. I click off. I am completely annoyed. I guess I don’t have to see that article because I refuse to download the ‘this’ app, because I know that I am going to resent the barrage of ads that comes with the ‘this’ app. As you can see I have a real problem with this app thing. Let me deviate a little. Remember pop ups, and how annoying they were. Then our browsers began allowing us to be able to block them. So now in order to prevent us being able to block them they come up with these apps, which gives them the right to advertise to you with their pop ups, because you authorize their app on your phone or computer. How genius!!
Apps are designed for monetizing the pusher. One way is by mental manipulation through ads. That is, they brainwash you into thinking that this item that they are pushing in an ad, which you could probably otherwise do without, is advantageous for you to have, and you go out and purchase such. Another way is to rack up revenues based on how many times you open that app and is presumed to have seen a certain commercial.
Apps are also used for spying on you, although with your consent. They do this by asking you to accept an agreement wherein they would be allowed to collect data on what you do on your device. Their reasoning is usually that they want to tailor the software to give you a better experience. This is usually not entirely true. Many times they simply want the data (regarding how you use such app) to use for developing other software to sell to the public. Indeed, the fact is that you are not the only one that they have asked and who have granted them permission to be spied on. As a result, you the public should be aware that data collection is not generic and apps have larger underlying implications than just another software toy for you to open and close at your whim. Besides, I analyze the idea of a software company telling me that they collect data to improve my experience along the manifestations of the writings of “George Orwell’s 1984;” in which he states that there will come a time when Big Brother will be watching over you and telling you what to do. Unfortunately, I feel that no nobody should be tailoring my experience but me, or if I ask them to. Neither should anyone be covertly telling me what to do by manipulating how I experience these apps.
Furthermore, I see app pushing as a stealthy neoliberalism moneymaking frontier, which in its entirety is designed to benefit the wealthy. I see them as the wealthy trying to maintain their 1 percent status quo at the expense of the unsuspecting 99 percent, by deliberately targeting them. You see many of you have become so avaricious for technology that you fail to realize how much you are being manipulated by these app peddlers. You complain that on a daily basis you have difficulty making ends meet because your wage is so little, yet as soon as one of these ridiculous apps come out you put it on your android or iPhone and begin to plug away at it, be in awe of it and shopping for whatever item its add brainwashes you to buy. You spend several hours of your weekend pushing the Netflix button co-opted on your ‘cable’ remote control, or surfing Hulu co-opted on your TV monitor for something, anything that’s worth the subscription you paid for them. My question to us 99 percent is, when are we going to wake up and realize that we are a collective pawn in the 1 percent’s endless game of manipulating us into spending, with the ultimate goal of racking up revenues for the purpose of maintaining their status quo?
What is up With the Blasted Apps Already!