VOX - Feb 4 -15 influencers weigh-in on Facebook. Here's some key quotes relevant to us. - Mark Brooks
Sherry Turkle, author of Life on the Screen and clinical psychologist at MIT
Facebook friendships offered the feeling of connection without the demands of intimacy... At the Facebook launch, I expressed my disbelief that we could have intimacy without privacy and democracy without privacy. ...Facebook taught us that we can only consider them together. The social media business model sold our privacy in ways that fractured democracy.
Ro Khanna, US Congress member representing Silicon Valley
Facebook has been a net good for humanity by democratizing communication and mobilization... It has allowed members of a diaspora to stay connected to their relatives. It has helped provide a sense of community in an age when families have been split.
Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now and professor of psychology at Harvard University
People can make choices that are bad for them, like addictive drugs, and they can make choices that are good for them individually but bad for the world, like carbon emissions.
Many of the rumors about the social, psychological, and political pathologies loosed by social media do not survive fact-checking. Careful studies have shown that social media has not led to epidemics of loneliness, depression, and suicide (see the references in the "Happiness" chapter of Enlightenment Now and in my follow-up essay).
Jonathan Haidt, author of The Coddling of the American Mind and professor at NYU
There's an old joke about an optimist who fell off of the observation deck of the Empire State Building. As he was passing the 30th floor someone called out to him: "How's it going?" He replied: "So far, so good!" I think that joke has some relevance for humanity in the Facebook era.
Peter W. Singer, author of Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
Mark Zuckerberg, [is] not just a billionaire, but the ruler of a digital kingdom that has more members than any single nation in the world.