Quick Hit: Oh, That Explains It.

On my way in to work this morning, I was listening to WBUR as usual, and caught part of an interview with David Kirkpatrick, author of a new book called The Facebook Effect.

I assume that everyone reading this is familiar with the recurring controversies over Facebook’s privacy controls; for a quick view, I recommend Matt McKeon’s interactive graph; Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, has also made some fairly notorious comments about privacy on the internet (in particular, seeming to imply that his view is that no one should have or expect to have any, let alone expect Facebook to protect it).  So when I heard Kirkpatrick say of Zuckerberg, “He believes that he will live a better life personally, and all of us will be more honest, and ultimately it will be better for the world if we dispense with that belief [that we can, and it’s good or reasonable to, maintain separate personal, professional, and even anonymous ‘identities’ on the internet],” I had something of an epiphany.

Zuckerberg is this guy:

From XKCD comic “Drama,” stick figure opening a door to go outside, exclaiming “Hooray! We’ve solved the problem of drama! I’ll go tell everyone!”

He's either too naïve or too obsessed with his vision of a completely open future to have come to the 4th-panel conclusion.

Original image © Randall Munroe, used under the terms of XKCD’s Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.


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