We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: Eventually Silicon Valley Will Fall…

Click here to access article by Caleb Maupin from New Eastern Outlook. (Updated at 12:15 PM CT on Friday, March 8, 2019 to include video from RT.)

Maupin uses an historical context regarding the use of propaganda that justifies the rule of powerful social-economic ruling classes to their own populations. His take on Zuckerberg and his Facebook is that he is defending against ruling class pressure to increase the aggressive use of ruling class propaganda in order to prolong the life of Facebook. Because Zuckerberg knows history (according to Maupin), he knows that excessive disinformation can hurt his powerful profit machine and his virtual monopoly over social media.
Sections of the political establishment seem to be demanding that Mark Zuckerberg use his power to shut down speech they deem to be harmful, specifically speech that undermines the narratives of US foreign policy. And while Facebook has certainly done this on multiple occasions, certain powerful voices perceive some reluctance in this censorship and are quite angry about it.

But the reality is, if Facebook becomes too strict and heavy-handed, those seeking alternative views will go elsewhere. This result would be far more damaging to both Zuckerberg and the political establishment in the long term.
As the headline suggests, Maupin sees Zuckerberg's reluctance to these pressures as only temporary.

(You may be interested in this RT video indicating that younger people are getting off of Facebook.)

(If this article was of interest to you, you might also find another article entitled "On TEDx, Gene Therapy, Profits, and Criminal Thinking" by Phil Butler from the same source.)