zepfan wrote:The idea is a good one but having Zuckerberg involved just seems like it cheapens the whole thing. From him saying that people are "dumb f****s" for trusting him with their personal info, to the ridiculous extremes he went to to avoid making the privacy settings easy to use, to trying to convince everyone that he's doing the world a great service by making your personal info available to anyone who wants it... Honestly I understand that just having facebook page means you're gonna have some info online, but him telling us what we want and then trying to be sneaky when people disagree makes me think "shady corporate spoiled billionaire" before "great philanthropist". I can't imagine he would be especially eager to give half of his money away when he doesn't seem to have any scruples about the way he obtains it. So this whole time he's been trying to manipulate people so he can make extra money to give to charity? Seems disingenuous at best coming from him.
As for Zuckerberg himself, I agree that to a certain extent he's privileged. Corporate, I don't think so. It's laughable to think the typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur is corporate, but then again, I've worked in startups where the head honchos bring in bureaucracy and toxic political climate, to the extent I think that's a norm. Misunderstood, yes, like most entrepreneurs and self-made people are.
In the end, self-made people tend not to be so generous about their wealth, if you think about it. It's hard-earned wealth and some feel why in the world, should they give some of it. Honestly, I see Zuckerberg on the other end of the spectrum. People like him are not building a Facebook or Google primarily because of the money (well, yes, that's certainly one of the reasons), but because it's some kind of self-fulfilling adventure. Most entrepreneurs I've talked to feel the same way and I certainly do too. Win or lose, success or failure, they're in it for the ride. If they reach the top, they know where they came from and they want to contribute to society in other ways than in their line of work too.
Might be naive to think of Zuckerberg in that light, just like his stance on privacy, but from what I've read and from people who have met him, he's anything but the corporate spoiled billionaire you claim him to be. We'll see. Even then, it'll take some time for Zuckerberg to pocket that wealth anyway (unless Facebook IPO soon, but they've seemingly no interest).