Archive for March, 2008

Zuckerman and the death of deference

The crowd 'revolt' during the interview between facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sarah Lacy has been widely commented on.E...

March 20, 2008

The crowd ‘revolt’ during the interview between facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sarah Lacy has been widely commented on.

Essentially the audience turned on the interviewer.  Most of the commentary is focused on the twitter feeds which were going on in the so-called ‘backchannel’ to the event and stoking up audience unrest.I think people are over-reacting.Firstly, Zuck sucks in this context, and the fragrant Sarah Lacy interviews him like a love-struck teenager, so they’re both fair game.

It’s also to Zuckerman’s credit that although he hasn’t even begun to think through the social impact of his technology, he’s prepared to talk about it in public and to hint at a wider, more individual-centric vision.  Ironic then that even as he espouses the social value of this liberation is axiomatic, it’s creating utter chaos around him.

Secondly the event was explicitly hosted in a university-style format.  Heckling is to be expected. 

Frankly, I think the whole exercise was quite refreshing.  The situation is best analysed here at marrowbones, where all twitter feeds taking place live are overlaid onto the video and you can watch the unrest spiral out of control.

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