Facebook Rebrands Itself After a Fictional Dystopia

November 23, 2021

By rebranding itself as Meta, Facebook named itself an evil empire. It did so on purpose, and quickly enough to express its long-time motto, “Move fast and break things,” which, investors take note, is the antithesis of a long-term strategy. Moving too fast is probably why Facebook used...

Looking for a Safe Place in Facebook’s Digital Universe

November 12, 2021

In her recent testimony in front of a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, “Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower,” former data scientist at Facebook Frances Haugen revealed that her former employer is knowingly harmful to children, promotes...

Facebook Escapes Hanging

June 30, 2021

The world has changed radically over the past 200 years. At the same time, some of the most critical institutions in the most powerful nations either haven’t noticed the change or are so committed to an archaic worldview that they can no longer adapt to conditions they refuse to understand. They...

Facebook Throws a Fit, a Culture Fit

March 15, 2021

Sam Biddle of The Intercept recounts the story of a black woman who applied for a job at Facebook only to discover the nature of the cult-like empire Mark Zuckerberg has created. Her candidacy was rejected. Some surmise from this that Facebook’s policies are racist. That is certainly true, but...

Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

February 22, 2021

The battle of media titans over their profits — and our data — triggered by Australia’s attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for the news they use has little to do with the public interest. If we are worried about the quality of news and information, there’s not much to choose between...

Facebook Wants to Read Your Brain

February 05, 2021

As Shoshana Zuboff has warned in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” the great tech giants have built a system people have become dependent on for their social relationships. But this “social” system has been built to...

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

December 03, 2020

New York Times tech journalist Shira Ovide offers a fascinating glimpse of what’s going on in the back offices of Facebook concerning the future of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. Changes are afoot, she tells us. Ovide whets the reader’s appetite with this intriguing teaser: “the...

Banned Book Club: Youth Against Fascism

August 25, 2020

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

June 02, 2020

It should be apparent to most observers of international relations that the Chinese government wants the world to play by its own set of rules. Beijing appears to believe that China’s rise and its assumption of global leadership positions are an inevitable extension of earlier periods in its...

Facebook’s Flawed Business Model for Free Expression

October 23, 2019

Though under increasing pressure from critics in Washington and direct threats from some presidential candidates intent on breaking up his monopoly, Mark Zuckerberg has the support of at least two prominent politicians. According to Bloomberg, the CEO and chairman of Facebook is “quietly”...

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