Mitt Romney seems to tracking what I read online (thanks a lot, Google!) This popped up on my Google News page. Apparently I've read six times more articles about him than most people. Of course. That's because I find him so irresistibly creepy -- this bit of interactive online database marketing being just another example.
What's next? My email? Reminding voters that Big Brother Mitt is watching over their shoulders certainly seems to be a counterproductive campaign tactic. Who wouldn't find this offensive? And it makes you wonder, if this is what he does with data Google makes available about their users' reading habits, what he'd do with the full resources of the federal government behind him. Creepy.
And why is Google making this kind of information available to political campaigns? (Or their super PACs -- it's not clear who exactly placed this.) It's not hard to imagine all kinds of possible abuses. I suppose it's because campaigns are people, my friend. And Internet privacy is an oxymoron.