13 thoughts on “Who do I see about a recount?

  1. Dennis Lang says:

    Yeah, the Facebook founder, “Person of the Year”? A bit of a stretch I thought at first, except this innovation does in fact change the way “people think, act and interact.” (Unintended consequence?) Its significance is immeasurable and permanent, and the world is changed. No way back.

  2. Mike Kennedy says:

    I agree. People I know (like my nearly 80 year old dad) who are technophobic are using Facebook. I’m not sure it’s a stretch at all.

    1. Dennis Lang says:

      …and will continue evolving into ever more sophisticated forms. A fact of life for generations to come.

  3. Ellen M says:

    Having once made the unforgivable choice of Adolf Hitler as “Man of the Year,” Time magazine didn’t have the hutzpah to choose Assange in 2010.

    We have not even begun to realize the consequence – good, bad or neutral – of the Wikileaks cables. The information they’ve released is extraordinary. We’ll see their impact on diplomacy and nation-building from now until the end of time, probably. The truth sets you free but – my! – how messy it is.

    Facebook has become an extraordinary organization tool that defines both offline and online life for 600 million people. The content is crowd-sourced and consumer-generated, and I see firsthand how the application has trained an entire generation to voluntarily perform a daily/hourly/minute-by-minute behavior. They do so willingly, compulsively, lovingly, excitedly.

    Capitalists out there have got to be green with envy over this: without spending one dollar on advertising, Zuckerberg has created an enterprise worth $50 billion. And unlike old-time capitalists, this young, improved online version is not motivated to make more and more money. He wants to link up more and more people.

    Two entirely different stories. “And isn’t it extraordinary we’re witnessing them both?” she concluded.

  4. And in Egypt, they shut down Facebook and Twitter with the flip of a proverbial switch. I’m not suggesting vulnerability is a trait that weakens the case for Person of the Year-ness. After all, Assange isn’t exactly in a position of might right now. But in Egypt and Tunisia, we’re dealing with matters bigger and deeper than communication platforms.

    But then again, Facebook and tools like it can empower free speech and access to information in ways never before imagined. Wild.

  5. It seems to me something like Facebook was inevitable – which came first, Myspace or Facebook? Blogs pointed the way. But Wikileaks? Far from inevitable and far more consequential in terms of real world effects.

      1. Dennis Lang says:

        “Inevitableness”. Yes, cool thought. But, not necessarily to put Zuckerberg in league with Galileo or Relativity theory, might we say that since they were likely inevitable at some point were they less significant? Heck, enough monkeys typing madly away will reproduce Shakespeare, no?

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