seeing ads for this "Google Places" or whatever all over the place and i'm just like, oh good, america's creepiest monopsony has found yet another way to exploit its ghoulish panopticonesque data hoard to run a protection racket

my favorite Google Places ad is in the West 4th St station here in NYC, a big poster that reads "You don't know {West Village} yet" where "West Village" is in a different color from the rest of the text. no one would actually say this (you'd always say "_the_ West Village"). you can almost hear the computer-voice template replacement in your head.

You don't know
WEST.
VILLAGE.
yet.

weird and perfect reality of google trying to overwrite the territory with its map

whoops I meant to say "weird and perfect example" though I guess it is also our weird and perfect reality. (taking "perfect" in not in its meaning of "nice" but in its more sinister meaning of "somehow considered to be complete even though nothing can ever truly be complete")

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mastodon

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!