Online Feudalism is an interesting concept that entails patterns of internet/program/application use in a feudal manor.
This is a concept that online industries have adopted and implemented to ensure control. Feudal control is evident in a multitude of platforms like Facebook, numerous apple applications and a further abundance of social networking sites.
The emergence of the internet as a tool of commerce breeds new issues of security, surveillance, data collection and permission control. Sites, platforms and applications that work in a ‘walled garden’ module manage to extract surplus from copious amounts of information online. This is achieved by specialising content and making it strictly tied down to one platform. Walled Garden’s control how we use a platform and establishes curated content.
A walled garden also does more than you may realise. A walled garden collects, monitors and stores your information. Have something personal written on a profile you were hoping only your friends would see? Think again…
This article is an informative read on the topic of online feudalism that I would recommend for all.
This article too shows an example of a ‘walled garden’ module restricting what people in the Chinese nation are able to see on TV. This exemplifies the idea in a broader spectrum that content can be controlled and monitored.