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Zuckerberg is Time’s Person of the Year 2010 !

Title : ‘Only Connect’
Source : Richard Stengel for TIME MAGAZINE
Date : 15 Dec, 2010

Main Issue/s of the Article
Impact of Facebook – 3rd largest “country’ in the world / a twelth of humanity
 connecting more than half a billion people
 mapping the social relations among them (unprecedented)
 creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary
 changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic

Our World / Our Modern Society (according to the writer) :
The way we connect with one another and with the institutions in our lives is evolving. There is an erosion of trust in authority, a decentralizing of power and at the same time, perhaps, a greater faith in one another. Our sense of identity is more variable, while our sense of privacy is expanding. What was once considered intimate is now shared among millions with a keystroke.

Go to fullsize image Mark Zuckerberg
VS Wikileaks founder Julian Assange emerges to make a statement to Julian Assange (founder of Wikileaks & 2nd runner-up in TIME’s ranking) :

 Both express a desire for openness and transparency.

 While Assange attacks big institutions and governments through involuntary transparency with the goal of disempowering them, Zuckerberg enables individuals to voluntarily share information with the idea of empowering them.

 Assange sees the world as filled with real and imagined enemies; Zuckerberg sees the world as filled with potential friends.

 Both have a certain disdain for privacy: in Assange’s case because he feels it allows malevolence to flourish; in Zuckerberg’s case because he sees it as a cultural anachronism, an impediment to a more efficient and open connection between people.

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