Zuckerberg's 2019 resolution: a bunch of 'public discussions' about Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg knows he has some work to do.
But he's ready to turn that all around. Following his long-established tradition of declaring annual "personal challenges," Zuckerberg announced on Jan. 8 that's he's figured out how to do it: by hosting public discussions about all the problems Facebook has helped to create.
And if his past personal challenge of visiting every U.S. state is any indication, those discussions will likely be highly produced public relations affairs designed to make Zuckerberg look like he is really interested in cleaning up the mess he made.
"My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties," he writes. "Every few weeks I'll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I'll try different formats to keep it interesting."
And just what, exactly, are those potential different formats? Facebook and Instagram, for the most part.
"These will all be public," Zuckerberg notes, "either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media."
Sure, it is commendable that the CEO who bought four of his neighbors' houses intending to raze them to protect his personal privacy now plans to put himself out there a little more. But you can be forgiven for being skeptical that anything of real value — other than perhaps more wonderfully awkward photos — will come out of this endeavor.
Here's the thing: Zuckerberg already had his chance to show us his vision for the future of technology. And if the last few years are any indication, that vision failed miserably. It's long past time to shut up and listen.
Still, maybe this won't be a series of stage-managed photo ops. Maybe the experts will be serious, knowledgeable, independent critics rather than handpicked Facebook fans. Imagine academics, lawmakers, and Average Joes berating the CEO in public for how badly he screwed things up. That would make for a New Year's resolution we can all get behind.
Here's Zuck's post in its entirety.
via Mashable http://bit.ly/2DCFv97
January 8, 2019 at 03:07PM