Control Freak, Fantasist and nerd, Zuckerberg was always certifiably insane, but now he seems to have gone right over that edge, and decided Facebook is essential to the next stage of human evolution.:
Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history
Can Facebook help humanity take its “next step”?Updated by
Mark Zuckerberg’s 6,000-word manifesto on the future of Facebook begins with a capsule narration of human achievement. “History is the story of how we've learned to come together in ever greater numbers,” Zuckerberg writes, “from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn't on our own.”
The Facebook CEO does not explicitly add his social network to that list of social infrastructure, but the rest of the letter makes clear that he wants to see it on there, and soon. “Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community,” he argues, and “Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community.”
There has, in recent months, been growing speculation about the role Zuckerberg wants to play in the world. Quartz, for instance, has published a 4,000-word story imagining Zuckerberg’s successful campaign for the presidency, as well as a checklist of things Zuckerberg would need to do to run for president in 2020. The Atlantic has suggested that the groundwork is already being laid.
But with this manifesto, Zuckerberg is articulating an ambition that is in some ways grander than the US presidency: he wants to use Facebook as the platform on which to build a global civil society, creating a service that encourages communities and cooperation and political participation on a transnational scale. He frames national governments as merely one piece of “social infrastructure,” and suggests that the world might need something to push beyond their limits. He wants Facebook to help humanity take its “next step.”
But to do that, he’ll need to make some changes to Facebook.
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