Stuck In A Bubble

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Meets With Lawmakers On Capitol Hill

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Meets With Lawmakers On Capitol Hill

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Isn’t it interesting (and disturbing) that in the smartphone and internet age - when we have easy access to so much information – so many of us appear more stuck in misguided bubbles than ever?

I got an email yesterday from a listener who politely but emphatically repeated as fact a string of falsehoods about the Trump/Ukraine situation that he could have easily checked out himself with a few mouse clicks.

But as upsetting as it is to see citizens willfully bury themselves in fact-free bubbles, it’s even worse to see so-called leaders of our culture do the same. Like Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, who regaled his employees with a bunch of nonsense about the backlash against big tech in conversations that were leaked to the online newspaper The Verge.

For instance, Zuckerberg denounced the call by Elizabeth Warren and others for antitrust action to break up the big tech efforts to build monopolies, like Facebook’s ownership of What’s App and Instagram, calling it an “existential” threat.

Not even close, Facebook without those properties would still be worth billions.

And he claims reigning in his predatory business model and others like Google and Amazon would make it harder for these companies to “work together” to prevent election interference.

As if there was any such serious cross-corporate cooperation.

Zuckerberg is deep in his clueless bubble, and he has plenty of company.

All the more reason why we have to try hard to stay bubble-free ourselves.

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