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.
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.