And many of its users did. They're not fools. But they weren't selling their souls, they were selling their personae- and in return they got to talk to the world. It's not such a bad trade.
I caught the first few minutes of Zuckerburg's grilling. What struck me was how it was a generational thing. The oldest senators went first- and what old, old, lizardy things they are. And Zuckerburg is so absurdly young to have such power. They spoke haltingly because what do they know about Zuckerburg's world? He looked like he'd been weeping in the holding pen but spoke like a trumpet. "Senator Past meet Mr Future".
Most of the lizards are deeply compromised. You don't get to rule the world without passing through the thieves' kitchen.Two of those who had been granted the right to ask questions had employed Cambridge Analytica in their campaigns. You wonder how they had the nerve....
Old lizards or Facebook- which better represents the Demos? I think you'll have guessed from the tone of this post which side I incline to.