The NY Times had an interesting article the other day about a large charter school company run by Eva Moskowitz. The charter schools under her control are ruthless when it comes to forcing kids to score high on tests so that the charter schools look even better. Kids wet their pants because they are not allowed to go to the bathroom while practicing for taking the tests since they can’t go during the actual tests. Kids with low scores are ridiculed before the entire school.
Moskowitz is backed by a venture capital group. Ultimately, I’m sure they envision the program growing into a multi-million dollar endeavor and spreading throughout the country. Let’s take what’s happening a few steps further, though. The GOP wants to privatize everything. In a few years we’re likely to receive incentives from our water company and electric company to use less precious resources. Perhaps if we tear out our lawn, we can have a new fence installed by the water company to hide the dirt pile along with a sign saying “this dirt pile is brought to you by ABC Water Company.” We’ll be able to buy clothing for discounts if they feature logos advertising the companies behind the products. Nike already controls most college sports programs because of the money it gives them in exchange for wearing their shoes.
Cable companies likely will encourage customers to watch certain shoes with incentives while adding charges for those who prefer to watch shoes like PBS since they will expect PBS to be self-supporting. Churches and Temples are likely to start advertising using pictures of couples they have married who have achieved success.
Kids today don’t expect anything they write to be private. In the near future nothing will. Chatting with a friend and happen to mention how you like Allen’s New York Style Pizza? In the future, it’s likely that a voice will cut in and offer you an immediate discount to buy now.
Publishers already require non-fiction authors to provide a social media “platform” in order to guarantee sales; otherwise, they won’t accept a book for publication. Imagine in the near future that books will contain ads, even on the back cover, for products. Why waste valuable advertising space?
Maybe corporate America will be more open about the politicians they already buy. Imagine Senator McCane running for reelection in Arizona at the age of 80 (2016) with the slogan, “the best senator the military industrial complex could possibly buy.” Imagine a large prostitute ring in Louisiana advertising its support for a senator already tied to prostitute visits.
Today Google is being accused of trying to influence kids with its new app that hits them with advertising. Why be subtle? Google already puts items from companies who buy its advertising in the most advantageous position for any search. Why not just say “the following items are listed first because Google believes they are best [and] they have paid good money to earn the positions they have.”