Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Mark Zuckerberg went to Congress and testified

Madame Tussauds has decided to forgo asking Mark Zuckerberg to come in for measurement taking.

Instead, it has asked the Facebook CEO if it would be possible for him to pose inside their wax figure celebs section during office hours. They are confident that he will agree as he’s always advocated working away from the office and it would be very profitable for them.

If you want one solid proof that being too much on social media makes or leaves you socially awkward, look no further.

You can say about President Trump whatever you will, but his hearing will be a whole lot more dramatic and juicy.

The real danger of Facebook, the giant digital elephant on the Senate floor, is not privacy violation but the degrading and soul-destroying virtual and addictive alternative that it claims to give for human interaction, closeness and friendship.

But Zuckerberg was not the only one behaving ridiculously. Look at these photographers giving a picture perfect image of the great advantages of Capitalism’s competition. (Enlarge the pic. Some half a dozen of the photogs are left outside of this frame.)

A ridiculous number of 44 out of 100 Senators spend their five minutes of allotted speaking time with speeches and questions, designed to show their watching constituents that they understand the issues.

And Mr. Facebook repeated faithfully the mantras he trained for:

  1. I’m very polite – Don’t you like me?
  2. Generally (don’t catch me on my words) there will be no problem soon — Viewers, please stay on Facebook. And
  3. We will be happy to work with the Senate to regulate — To prevent the Senate taking matters in its own hands.

Self-regulation had obviously failed. His goal was not to cooperate but rather by seeming very responsible and offering to cooperate to stave off being regulated on. If you can’t fight them, join them.

Despite his awkwardness, Mr. Zuckerberg is a slick communicator. Or actually: non-communicator. Like any seasoned politician, he uses question to foremost say what he wants to get across. Even when asked point-blank to answer “yes or no,” he often comes with a story. When given a speech but asked no question, he provides no answer. He kept stressing how the information leaked was really public and innocent and with consent, never mind that any Facebook beginner cannot have a clue how to keep private on it. For instance: when you make all your “friends” invisible, anyone becoming your “friend” sees all the others anyway. And when they don’t, they still see whose messages are in your account.

As already predicted by Representative Pallone on the second day of his hearing, it was again a toothless circus with only a few exception, like on the first day by Senator Booker.

The Dutch have an expression for such a ceremony:

Ze dronken een glas, en deden een plas en alles bleef zoals het was

In English: They drank a wee, and had a pee and everything stayed as things were to be. What a bloody waste of time!

My criticism of Mr. Zuckerberg does not include the way he manages his wealth.

I had some worry that I’m old-fashioned for not being on Facebook, but a 17-year old who’s neither, just told me “Facebook is for old people.” I’m just in the company I wonna be.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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