Facebook’s one of the most influential and powerful blind fans TIME has lately chosen Mark Zuckerberg as 2010 Person of the Year. I have written my objection to this choice in an earlier post. I avoided reading the related article TIME wrote in favor of Mark Zuckerberg. But in the front page of TIME was a headline that reads “Why we chose Mark Zuckerberg”. I knew the answer, yet I jumped in to read what they say.
And it made me mad at them. TIME wrote:
Zuckerberg and Assange are two sides of the same coin. 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.
I mean, are you on your fvcking mind? When did Facebook’s Zuckerberg desire for transparency? You should have written: “When Assange desires to open government’s activities, Zuckerberg desires to open people’s personal activities.” Instead, you put them in the same line and wrote the words in a way that makes a negative impact on Julian Assange who has done the most wonderful and unimaginable things in this year.
I don’t say Facebook didn’t change the way we live and connect with others. Of course, Zuckerberg deserves something great. But after Julian Assange’s activities in the same year, we cannot put Zuckerberg on top of the list. You might have seen that in public vote, Julian Assange, the person behind WikiLeaks was on the top. But TIME is apparently a blind fan of Facebook. They’d rather chosen Zuckerberg. What a sick choice!
Shame on you, TIME, for disrespecting Assange on his brave and praiseworthy activities.