Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Price Of Connectivity - Big Brother Retains Control

Don't be mistake, this move by Amazon is only the tip of the iceberg. And how ironic that it affected a George Orwell novel, 1984, that literally talks about Big Brother. While Amazon may be all apologetic and thinking that they were protecting the rights of the copyright holder, their ability to remotely delete content from their device, without notice, and without customer knowledge, spells bad news. It demonstrates first hand the ability of a big company to take information away from the masses, to control what we can and can't own, and to take a piece of our privacy away, one deletion at a time.

"Amazon appears to have deleted other purchased e-books from Kindles recently. Customers commenting on Web forums reported the disappearance of digital editions of the Harry Potter books and the novels of Ayn Rand over similar issues." Without our knowledge and without our consent, it demonstrate oh too well that Big Brother is not only watching what we do, but controlling what we can or can't have. How will this affect Kindle sales and what will the on-going buzz be in the digital community. I'm eager to know how outraged the public will become. Or apathetic. And that is problematic, too!

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