Privilege and Privacy

It’s interesting how the elite have their own unique set of rules for their small circle of friends, and another policy manual for the rest of us schmucks. Take Marky Mark Zuckerberg.

Apparently when you’re richer than God, you can buy up all the surrounding real estate nearby. That way, you won’t have to worry about the hoi polloi peering into your backyard. In the case of Mr. Facebook, he’s planning to bulldoze the homes he purchased back in 2013. The million-dollar homes he scooped up will be replaced with smaller, lower-profile places—the kind that won’t “intrude” on his privacy—an important consideration for Zuckerbuck.

Beware of Zuckerberg's bulldozer.

Beware of Zuckerberg’s bulldozer.

Whiile Zuckerboy doesn’t want anyone else rooting around his own backyard, he’s perfectly fine with his lucrative Facebook platform gathering all sorts of data and information about you and me. That’s always the way that the NIMBY crowd rolls.

Of course, the argument could be made that we have given up control of our lives to Facebook’s snoops through our own volition. I could also say we’ve been suckered (Zuckered?) into Facebook’s quicksand without reading the fine print, like we do with so much else.

It’s the privacy thing that’s making some people reconsider Facebook’s cost vs. benefit delivery, and whether having make-believe “friends” is worth delivering your personal information to a billionaire and his minions.

Facebook is no longer on my phone, and I’ve vowed to wean myself off the site.

2 thoughts on “Privilege and Privacy

  1. This was a provocative post on many levels…I thought about Zuckerberg’s bulldozer all day yesterday. I did a little searching around the ‘netz and found this article which gives more details about the neighborhood. The comments are interesting too, many of the residents didn’t like it that the article featured the actual addresses of the purchased houses, even though this is public information.

    http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/05/26/zuckerberg-plans-to-raze-replace-his-crescent-park-homes

    A few of my thoughts were:

    –how little affection the four homeowners had for their residences, that they weren’t rooted in that place at all. Selling to Mr. Z was a wise business decision, if you think about it. Let’s hope they weren’t so over-leveraged that they profited from the sale to the Z, since he paid way over market value for those houses.

    –Palo Alto itself is a city created from Stanford’s acquisition of property to build Stanford University.

    –California, that magical place “out west”, the land of “striking it rich.” The Gold Rush, San Simeon, Hollywood, Disneyland, and now Zuckerland. It’s sort of a West Coast version of Jay Gatsby’s fictional mansion on Long Island.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. I keep telling myself that technology is good and it is because of advances in technology lives are saved every day but I can’t help but think about how much it has hurt our true and genuine connection to others. I am leaving my job as a librarian after serving many years as one and am looking forward to using technology as minimally as possible.

    I am going to continue to connect in person whenever I can….in person….

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