Attention whiny little bitches [and also, fuck U2]

This applies to all my various online fronts:

If the shit I say or the way in which I say it offends your precious little sensibilities, then fuck off and go read someone else. Unfollow me, unfriend me, un-whatever me.

I’m done censoring what I think or softening the blows.

And the few people whose opinions I genuinely care about usually don’t get upset by anything I say anyway.

Sparked by me making one of my usual rude hyperboles in regards to the U2 album being forced down everyone’s throats these last couple days and it took me an hour or more to figure out how to get rid of it [and only sort of at that].

I said Bono can fuck off and die and made a joke about hope he gets ebola.

And some fucking hippie whines at me on Facebook about how that’s “enough” of “wishing a human dead” for this.

U2 fan, I suppose.

But anyway, fuck ’em.

But to protect Mr. Delicate Hippie Flower from future offense, I went ahead and put him on that special Facebook list of people who don’t see what I post. Wouldn’t want to continue to upset him, after all.

And I maintain it is worth getting agitated about, because while a forced U2 album is more on the annoyance side of things, there’s something very disturbing and dystopian about content being forced onto your devices and accounts with no permission granted or even any specific notification given such that you then have to take action to get rid of it or opt out or whatever. In Canada, if a company does this and charges for it, it’s called negative-option billing and it’s actually illegal [as the cable companies found out a few years back].

More seriously, this is a means for ill-intentioned parties to plant evidence, basically a dry run for doing that on a mass scale. Even though hackers have long been able to do something like that to any computer hooked up to the web, this is still a brazen violation of trust wrapped up as a marketing stunt. And you’re goddamn right I react badly to that sort of shit.

As should most people who are capable of thinking this one through.

I saw a lot of comments on tech blogs [as I was trying to figure out how to get rid of this crap] that people should be happy with the “free gift.”

Fuck that.

If they wanted simply to give it away for free, why not send 500 million Apple users an email with the free download link or code and say, hey, here’s our gift, you can get it here. No one would object to that.

But in forcing it into everyone’s cloud, that was a step too far.

At best, it was a ploy to scam up the downloads which count as “purchases” which will be reported to Soundscan which will likely put the new U2 album as the #1 album on the Billboard charts next week. It’s dishonest, especially considering how many tech blogs were erroneously telling people they had to first download the album fully in order to delete it so I’d bet a lot of those “purchases” were not actually people wanting to hear the album, but relatively harmless. Just obnoxious.

At worst, like I said, it’s a dry run for something else. And we already have examples Stateside of enemies of the administration getting busted on trumped up charges [eg: Dinesh D’Souza’s recent legal troubles over campaign donations]. You sure you want “free gifts” being placed on your systems without your knowledge or permission? Next time it could be some sort of illegal content used to frame large groups of people and if you think I’m paranoid, you haven’t been updated on the IRS scandals of late.

And even in the best case scenario, you should always have the ability to refuse something you don’t want and didn’t ask for even if it is framed as a “free gift.”

Not to sound all Jezebel-ly, because I despise those twats, but I don’t really think something being forced on your account without your permission is a “gift.” Or, shall we now start calling it a free gift if a rapist cums inside you?

Oops, there I go with the hyperbole again. Gonna upset some sensibilities.

At the very least, you should be informed you are being gifted something and have the option to delete it completely and permanently, whereas the best you can do to get rid of the latest garbage from Bono et al is to go into your account in the iTunes Store [has to be done from a computer], click on “purchased,” and then find the album and hover over it and click the little X in the upper left corner. And all that does is permanently hide it so it doesn’t show up on your phone.