Sure, go ahead. Delete Facebook. Or better yet, just add the hashtag and don’t do it. I chuckle over the irony when people post their intentions to take a pause from their social networking addiction. Seems to me like they rarely make it past three weeks.
I don’t care if Facebook lost billions in market cap in this latest brouhaha over consumer privacy. Like anyone else, cry me a river. I also have little doubt their market cap will return before year end. Just like every major corporate hack, Target, Sony, Heartland, their stock takes a dip and recovers in less than a year. And while I don’t care about Facebook, if forced to pick sides, I’ll stand by Zuckerberg. As culpable as they are for their own inactions, just like with prostitutes and drug users, the politico positioning is to punish the victims. And it’s pretty clear why.
The reason is clear when I read the op-eds in the Saturday morning papers. Editors can finally take a departure from their vigilant stance as Trump apologists by directing their angst against Facebook. There is no collusion and Zuckerberg is responsible for the Russian election meddling. No better misdirection than an unloved corporate scapegoat.
I don’t think anything will come of this but the one thing I could get behind is if this leads Zuckerberg to stop pushing the lies about Facebook not being a media company. Talk about some brazen bullshit. They direct 20% of this country’s advertising dollars. That’s the real story for me because I know Americans won’t change their privacy concerns and habits from this.
Even if you delete or pause your facebook account, you won’t stop looking for a free digital lunch elsewhere. Facebook has two billion users, they aren’t going away from this. Social Networking might lose this battle but technology will win the war. Remember John Henry in his epic battle against the jack hammer? Spoiler alert. Tech wins.