Every industry has dirty secrets that are kept from the public to prevent mass panic or whatever. But when coder Myk Bylokonsky asked Twitter users to share information that could enrage public citizens, they totally came through – panic or no.
Some of these “secrets” are relatively harmless, but others confirmed that there are many industries that just shouldn’t be trusted. Here’s a sample of secrets we should know about.
10. Your Information Isn’t Safe
Myk answered his own question first.
Mine is: literally everything you have ever done on the internet was logged somewhere and can be associated with you if someone is persistent enough. Hell, private investigators can buy your browsing history from your ISP now.
Today's best encryption *will* eventually be broken.
— myk prefers interdependence to eternal war (@mykola) November 24, 2019
9. Recycling Won’t Solve the Problem
What a bummer.
Waste management guy here. There is no recycling program, industrial or municipal, that can ever repair the damage done to the environment by consumerism. 99.999 percent of what you throw out stays thrown out. https://t.co/feN5lB2eAS
— ⚡️Lightning “No Contextual Handle Changes” Slim⚡️ (@LightningSlim1) November 25, 2019
8. Petitions Are Just List-Building Tools
At least he’s honest.
Many of the political petitions you sign never get delivered. They're simply there to capture your email address. Campaigns burn through lists of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people just like you. https://t.co/aQrtE8PvIe
— Matt Fitzgerald (@fitz350) November 25, 2019
7. Video Games Adapt to You
They don’t want you to get bored or dejected.
When you are dying a lot in most videogames, they usually adapt by silently making themselves easier in the background. In some cases, they can also become harder if you are playing well. This is because no challenge and no progress are both boring.
— Eric Holmes (@ericholmeslive) November 26, 2019
6. Libraries Actually Throw Books Out
libraries dispose of books constantly, at scale, and without guilt because only a tiny, miniscule percentage of them are special https://t.co/DVvCvRmxPA
— taber (@taber) November 27, 2019
5. We Don’t Really Know if 401Ks Work
We’re still awaiting results…
401(k) plans have not been around long enough to see a generation retire on them. https://t.co/znm3Jnulmx
— lizzzy (@crockerthoughts) November 27, 2019
4. Opera Singers Pay for Auditions
They literally pay to have a chance at getting a gig.
Opera singers pay to audition. They pay just for the CHANCE to audition. Sometimes they pay the submission fee and still get a no. And companies take their fee and let them fly out and sing, with zero intention of casting them. https://t.co/qKNljNnQbg
— Amber Treadway (@dervogelfamber) November 27, 2019
3. Stand-Up Comics Often Perform at Corporate Events
We all have to pay the bills!
Most people who do stand up as their primary job (ie they don’t write for tv or w/e) make like 80% of their money doing private gigs at weird company parties that are almost always excruciatingly bad https://t.co/Ctb53gZ9ZZ
— Kath Barbadoro (@kathbarbadoro) November 27, 2019
2. Professors Aren’t Taught to Teach
It makes sense that they’ll bore you, sometimes.
Professors receive little to no teacher training while in graduate school https://t.co/ZXuEiabSIJ
— anthony c. ocampo, ph.d. 🇵🇭🏳️🌈 (@anthonyocampo) November 27, 2019
1. You Don’t Actually Have to Pay for Knowledge
As long as you ask nicely.
Academia is no longer my field, but: most researchers will send you their scholarly articles for free if you email them – you don't actually have to pay for that publication (funds which don't go to the researcher at all anyway).
Saw on twitter years ago & it's worth repeating https://t.co/zZsSgcSWAq
— Jordan Massingill (@JordanGMassing1) November 25, 2019
Myk’s original tweet still has a lot of replies. Some of these secrets are benign, and others are quite chilling. Are you an industry expert that would like to share a secret or two about your field? Share in the comments so we can all be better-informed.