21st Century Wire says…
The 21st century has certainly witnessed a progression towards a ‘cashless’ and fully-functional, technocratic ‘Big Brother’ globalized society, and social networking giant Facebook could very well find itself at the center of this new virtual reality.
Imagine a virtual world where all goods and services are to be offered, bought and paid in the same place where all of your essential communication will transpire. Monopolists are expecting the public to go ‘all-in’, and offer no or little alternative to this mass homogenization. Will anyone resisting this new virtual nation be immediately isolated, and marginalized? Is this what digital Svengali Mark Zuckerberg (pictured below) is envisioning – is this his dream of the future?
These and many other new policies are being defined at this very moment, where society will exist within the boundaries of this seemingly infinite virtual community. Here’s the risk: that all will be dictated by the network, including which form of money can be used in the Facebook Nation…
A million users in a day isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion.
That’s right: Facebook just hit a huge milestone, announcing that earlier this week a billion people logged onto Facebook in a single day.
“On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family. When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different,” said co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in a post on the service.
Facebook’s explosive growth internationally meant this was bound to happen sooner or later. And of course, Facebook already has way more than a billion users. Twenty percent of the world’s population is on Facebook, the company said in January. But this was the first time that so many of them used the service in a 24-hour period.
Facebook began largely as a way for randy college students to meet and hook up. Now its mission is to connect the world to the Internet and itself, making Facebook a very wealthy company in the process.
The company has invested in beaming Internet access down to underserved areas with drones and satellites. It’s embroiled in big debates over privacy, online harassment and the future of publishing. And it’s at the heart of cultural arguments about technology and its role in society. In other words, Facebook’s future is incredibly complicated and messy.
But the fact that a seventh of the world’s population used Facebook the other day confirms that it’s got some weight to throw around, for better or worse…
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