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I teach a class on new and old media at Trinity College, and -- even though it's not the exact focus of the course -- lately we've been kind of freaking each other out about the sheer amount of information we surrender voluntarily every day to platforms like Google and Facebook.
As one of my students said, Google is like a parallel system of consciousness. If, at the end of a given day, you know that she searched for apple magic mousse, Rosie O'Donnell Halloween costumes, cute guy who anchors of the Weather Channel, best pizza in Newington ...well, you sort of know where her thoughts were going.
And who knows this? Just Google? One of my students recently had an experience in which Facebook seemed to know about something he had searched for on Google, without his ever having shared that. Na-na-na-na! Na-na-na-na!
Also on the show, an essay by Rand Cooper and Let Us Correct You: Guess what? You don't have to rake leaves.