"For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives," Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg is Time's 2010 "Person of the Year," the magazine just announced.
Meanwhile WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - the man so dangerous to Western Civilization that he is being detained indefinitely on a "sex without use of condom" charge was only a runner-up.
More jive ass from the corporate media.
Assange has the powers that be very, very worried that the veil will be lifted off the banksters' world of operations.
He has already revealed the hypocrisy, hubris and idiocy that is American foreign policy, the American war strategy in Afghanistan, and the murderous consequences these policies have had for some innocent civilians.
Still, Zuckerberg gets the nod for Facebook.
What a joke.
I plan on being the last person on the face of the earth to NOT have a Facebook account.
I may even request that tidbit of info for my obit.
And anyway, hopefully by then some new technology will have come along created by some new sociopath that will put the old sociopath out of business.
POSTSCRIPT: May I remind everybody why I am calling Zuckerberg a "sociopath":
We've long discussed the fact that Facebook is a bit scary when it comes to privacy. This month saw renewed focus on Facebook's privacy problems following the launch of a new feature that lets Facebook share personal, identifiable information with selected partners. The feature, called "Instant Personalization," is enabled by default for all users and lets Facebook partners put your private Facebook information, including profile photos, up on their pages without user permission.
In the weeks following, some shocking revelations about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have intensified privacy concerns about the social network, leading to a small exodus as users quit Facebook in droves.
So just in case you didn't already have them, here are three reasons why Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is a truly terrifying individual that you should be very, very afraid of:
- Zuckerberg likes to play around with users' private data.
Remember when you signed up on Facebook and they swore that they would keep your private information secure? Apparently "secure" doesn't include preventing Facebook themselves from accessing your data. No matter how you configure your profile, Facebook still has access to everything you do on the site - they can read the text of your private messages, they can see whose profile you've been viewing - they can essentially see every single thing you do on the site. Not only can they do this, but according to David Kirkpatrick, author of the soon-to-be-released book "The Facebook Effect," Zuckerberg loves to play around with that stockpile of private data.
The book describes Zuckerberg as "amusing himself" by conducting experiments with users' private information. One particularly interesting example was that Zuckerberg, by analyzing users communication patterns and relationship graphs, could predict within 33% accuracy who a user was going to be in a relationship with after a week.
That's right - Zuckerberg is using Facebook to play around with your life.
- Zuckerberg doesn't believe in privacy - at least, other people's privacy.
According to some under-the-table tweeting last month, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't believe" in privacy - which is ironic, considering that he's fairly private about his own life. Apparently he doesn't believe in privacy for his users and the public at large, but doesn't include himself in that group. The social network's repeated incursions into their users' private information should be viewed in the context of that statement, keeping in mind that Facebook has been steadily chipping away at what little privacy remains for years and has no plans to stop that in the future.
- Zuckerberg is a socially awkard, sex-crazed sociopath.
According to multiple insider accounts from friends of the Facebook founder, Zuckerberg is an "asberger's like" figure with difficulty engaging in normal social intercourse. According to the upcoming Facebook movie ("The Social Network"), Zuckerberg is a sex-obsessed sociopath whose original goal in starting the world's largest social network was to create a site where users could rate other Harvard students in a "hot or not" setup. We'll all know a lot more about these accusations in detail once "The Social Network" comes out, but if you must know now, you can read Ben Mezrich's "The Accidental Millionaires," the book on which the movie is based.
The latest privacy woes for Facebook - the revelation this week that they've violated their own privacy policies and shared personal, identifiable information with advertisers - more on that later. If you haven't yet checked out or list of Five Reasons it Might be Time to Kill Your Facebook, now might be a good time to do so.
This guy doesn't belong on the cover of TIME.
He belongs in jail.