When I see this man’s smiling face, I should think about the fact that he is the living embodiment of the freedom of opportunity in the United States, the greatest nation to ever grace the face of the earth and the place where even very young people can be innovative and become billionaires before their 30th birthday.
But I don’t think about that.
All I can think about is his contempt for peoples’ privacy and even the very notion of privacy. He has proven this again and again, in very awkward and even damaging behavior (damaging to his company’s value) around the way Facebook handles privacy issues.
The surging Obama fascism is a nice compliment to the Facebook-led over-sharing and ruthless data mining of personal information.
How long before the negative consequences of boundary-less exposure become too significant to ignore by the common user?
I do not use Facebook anymore, and I am amused by the emails I get from the company encouraging me to log in.
What I do instead is fantasize about creating my own, closed, Internet network of friends and having it become the antidote to Facebook: no Big Brother, no data mining, no ads. Just sharing things with the people closest to me.
I suspect someone will create this, and Facebook will begin an inexorable slide into a shadow of its former self, and I won’t shed any tears.