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Facebook [Apr. 11th, 2018|09:50 am]
Tony Grist
 Facebook is a corporation. It's greedy. Of course it is. Corporations aren't human beings; they don't have a conscience; they're sociopathic; they're not your friend. You should have known something like this would happen.

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.

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-04-11 09:52 am (UTC)
I wonder too ..all were complicit really ...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-11 10:23 am (UTC)
Western democracy is in lousy shape. I'm not saying Facebook- as it stands- is the future- but I think it's pointing in the right direction.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-04-11 10:51 am (UTC)
Nobody, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-11 10:58 am (UTC)
Put it this way, I think Facebook is the future- or at least points in that direction....
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-04-11 11:02 am (UTC)
"Pointing into the right direction", that's what I can live with in this.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2018-04-11 03:36 pm (UTC)
Facebook may or may not be the future ... but it's becoming crystal clear that it's becoming a real and fundamental threat to civil society, at least partially by design. We should be very concerned, to put it mildly.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2018-04-12 04:48 pm (UTC)
There was a fab meme of Zuckerberg's anxious face with the text:

"That face when you just wanted a faster way to rank girls by looks and ended up installing a fascist government in the most powerful country on earth."
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-12 04:58 pm (UTC)
We won't get fooled again... or will we?

Facebook and similar platforms are here to stay- and we need to wise up in our use of them.
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