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Mark Zuckerberg Person of The Year

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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 06:54 AM
I was watching the Today show and saw that Mark Zuckerberg was named person of the year. This is not something I care much for...its just a title. But whats disturbing is that on the show Richard Stengel (TIME magazine editor) praised facebook for being a form of social engineering....

Definitions of social engineering

Social engineering (political science) is a discipline in political science that refers to efforts to influence popular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale, whether by governments or private groups. In the political arena, the counterpart of social engineering is political engineering.

Social engineering (security) is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information, rather than by breaking in or using technical cracking techniques.

Does anyone else find this disturbing and painfully true....perhaps so true it can be so openly spoken?

(will post vid if I can find)
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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 07:23 AM
That's exactly what the whole facebook is . . . the world collectively peeking up each other's skirts.

There are people on there spewing personal information - mst of which I'd consider stuff that shouldn't be in the public domain - like a drunk spews cheap whiskey at dawn.

It's a complete mystery to me the whole facebook thing, as is the fact that this Zuckerberg chap was named person of the year for making a gazillion dollars on something that in the reality of it all means nothing and provides nothing of substance to the human race.

But . . . hey . . . that's fame for ya.

Personally, my 'person of the year' is collective to all those folks out there maintaining a bit of a smile while doing their best to raise families with a whole lot less while their collective net worth swirls the bowl, all without grabbing a side arm and putting the business end of it up against the head of some Wall Street exec, politician or any of the other usual suspects who thumb their noses at the masses while counting thei riches . . . and pullin' the trigger.

Now there's an accomplishment

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 07:23 AM
I heard this said as well. It is very interesting to see how they conveniently left that phrase out on the Today Show website.

TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel said Zuckerberg stands out for accomplishing something that’s never been done before: “Connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them.” “The social networking platform he invented ... is the connective tissue for nearly a tenth of the planet,” Stengel said. “Facebook is now the third-largest country on earth, and probably holds more information than any government about its citizens. Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout, is its T-shirt-wearing head-of-state.”

Stengel said Zuckerberg is “creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little frightening” — and it’s changing our lives “in ways that are innovative and even optimistic.”

"It's social-engineering" Was the missing article.

Horrifying stuff, but in essence that is what facebook does. They give you plenty of ways to give information out without even thinking twice. Many facebook quizzes for instance are personality based ones. As silly and fun as they may be, it is still urged that you SHARE your results. Why do people care if the colour of your heart is blue or purple? They don't. The draw is that if you post and share results, others will take the same quiz and you can see THEIR results and so can THEIR friends and so on. Now they even have things that involve points and such. More incentives to SHARE. All in the name of "friends"? Right.

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 07:45 AM
It was rigged. Shananigans. Who really likes that guy?

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 08:02 AM
Well that puts him up there with Hitler

That's exactly what the whole facebook is . . . the world collectively peeking up each other's skirts.

Nice, I like your analogy

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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 08:47 AM
By the way assange won the public poll, and the vote was disregarded. moving assange to third. and mark to first.

I dont really know what mark has actually done that is of particular interest this year to be awarded the man of the year. when facebook has been out for many years. there were some much more interesting characters than this kid.

BTW , im 99.9% certain that time is going to be DDOS'ed this week. because of this
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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 09:18 AM
reply to post by GoalPoster

So tell me, who gets to arbitrarily decide what provides something of value to mankind, and who doesn't? Facebook was originally intended to be kept mainly within harvard campus. It took of cause people loved the idea...the problem comes when GOVERNMENT steps in and attempts to use facebook (a simple TOOL) for its own interests.

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 09:37 AM
Something changed between 2004 and 2006 in regards to internet privacy and anonymity.
Prior to that, a person was absolutely discouraged from sharing anything about their personal lives
with anyone on the internet, especially information regarding your kids, where you live and for the most part your identity as a whole.
Then Myspace and Facebook came into the scene and now not only are you encouraged to share EVERYTHING about your personal life, if you dont, youre ridiculed, laughed at or maybe even eyed upon with suspicion because you may have something to "hide."
Damn right I have something to hide from every prying eye on the internet, its called my personal life, something ill share with someone, if i trust them and face to face but I sure as hell wont put it up on a "WALL" for friends of friends of friends to see.

Whats funny is, even after I showed people the article that claimed the Intelligence agencies will befriend a person for spying purposes, it still didnt seem to matter.
Most peoples attitude is, I have nothing to hide OR why would anyone spy on me, I have such a boring life...
Whatever, just keep my name and my life off of your wall comments.

And yea, if anyone deserved this useless "person of the year" title, it would be Assange.

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 09:51 AM
I have posted my reply in a similar thread. Please take a moment to review it.

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 11:20 PM
Makes perfect sense...the more facebook is glorified the better tool it becomes for the government and corporations that use it for advertising and spying.

I am not 100% sure what facebook is...but I think its more of a psyop then anything....teaches younger people especially to trust large companies with there information (or anyone for that matter). Tis basic really ease peoples mind into the idea of it all and then when the government requires everyone register or some crazy thing it will be so much easier...but hell i guess with facebook and companies trading info like candy on Halloween the government prolly wont need to come to that point.

I just know its one more thing that makes me feel like the world is a place I dont want to be....Alex Jones was spot on when he picked as the name of one of his sites (whether you agree with him or not or whatever).

Luckily this is one more example of people being shown that they dont matter...And I am glad to see large amounts of people waking up to this stuff....even those that I have always known to be anti conspiracy and all.

I do fear though...if it will create some very dangerous snap reactions from TPTB to try and regain control again when they dont know what to do with themselves....

posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 11:25 PM
I dislike Facebook and all it represents intensely.

I was a bit nonplussed some years ago when Time changed its longstanding "Man of the Year" seat to "Person of the Year" in a nod to political correctness. However, given the current recipient, I suppose it may be fitting...

posted on Dec, 16 2010 @ 02:07 AM
Here is the vid. He calls it social engineering at about 2 minutes.
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