Currie’s Corner 613 , April 12th 2018
Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington this week, and the question that kept running through my head was “Is he doing anything that is harmful to me personally?” As a semi-retired 70 year old, I don’t buy a lot of stuff. I don’t see myself as having any personal ‘data’ that is of value to anyone, and I promise that I will never EVER support Donald Trump, or anyone like him in the True North, Strong and Free.
If this sounds like “I’m all right Jack”, I guess I must plead guilty. Hundreds of millions of people spend a lot more time on Facebook than I ever have, or ever will. Mr. Zuckerberg and his ilk should not be mining personal data, or tracking what we do online, even when we’re not on Facebook. But can the folks who were quizzing him in Washington do anything to make him behave in a more socially responsible way. Do they even understand how any of this works because it didn’t exist 15 years ago.
In the lovely suit that Mark probably only wears at formal gatherings like funerals, he presented himself as the ultimate fulfillment of the American Dream. His net worth has taken a bit of a beating in recent weeks because of all the fuss about privacy concerns. He has to be content with a mere $64 Billion dollars in his personal piggy bank.
If he lived anywhere but Trumpland, Zuckerberg might be concerned about some dictator trying to grab his money, but not in America. He doesn’t pay all that much in taxes, but like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, he gives plenty to charity, so he probably won’t face any serious trouble from the ‘authorities’.
If I were King or Emperor, I might ask nicely if Mr. Zuckerberg might follow the example of Jeff Bezos and rescue some newspapers since Facebook has helped to destroy them, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for it to happen.
It certainly has been quite a week.
I’m Roger Currie