It is that lovely time of year when every day is different than the day before, and the changing of the cycle of the seasons becomes visible in real time. I walked past some flowering cherry trees today, and they are finally flowering, brightly pink and beautiful. I know (through Facebook) that Japan is ahead of us by a few weeks. On the other hand, I still occasionally get posts from people cursing the snow so, as late as Prague is, we are not the worst in the world.
I spent a bit of time today listening to the congressional interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg. Not a lot, certainly not the whole thing. I like to keep informed of what’s going on in the world but I’m not that masochistic. So, here are a few observations for what they’re worth:
Mark Zuckerberg is a pretty smart guy. I don’t know if he’s a good guy or not, but he’s certainly a smart one. Very few people in congress can make the same claim. Despite the fact that they were the interrogators and he was the one on the witness stand, they came off as fools.
They had 4 minutes apiece to question him, and most of them used 3 minutes of it flapping their gums and not asking any questions.
I didn’t hear Cambridge Analytica mentioned once. There was one guy who talked about the opioid crisis and ivory sales on Facebook. That’s rather like blaming Alexander Graham Bell because people talk about their criminal conspiracies on the phone or blaming Henry Ford because the bank robbers used a getaway car.
There may very well be legitimate reasons to criticize Mark Zuckerberg. They certainly failed to find them today.