Imagine the internet as a huge manor where we as the users of this manor cannot change, or sell the land for it is the Feudal Lords that decide how the land is used. We are able to just simply use the Manor, grow crops on its land, upkeep the state of the property. It sounds like a lot of work right, but what if I told you that you chose to work for free within this manor, everyday!
Social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest are the manors that we live in daily, however, they have the power to decide how we use the sites, what content we upload and how much access we are granted to the whole site.
These social media sites are integrated within a beautiful walled garden which protects us from the open net, with just a few housekeeping rules. However, we are made to think that this walled garden is beautiful’ because that’s all that we know. We don’t realise that there is a utopia waiting just on the other side of the wall.
Users of social media sites such as Instagram have started to realise the feudal tyranny that lurks within our walls dictating how we interact.
Time after time, her photos have been deleted because “in the digital age, your possessions and memories aren’t really yours anymore.” Douglas Heaven describes a world where Feudal leaders have the power to determine what happens within their Manor. As Lawrence Lessig states, “we live in a world that celebrates property.” Meaning that our content is their property and they have the right to do what they want with it.
Yet, inappropriate sites that contain racism and violence still exist freely.