A Rock Figure Against a “Most Powerful Idiot”
“Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most powerful idiots in the world.” These are the words of former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters – words which caused quite a stir when they were circulated. Waters not only denounced the founder of social media giant Facebook, as well as denouncing the high degree of censorship and pro-left-wing propaganda espoused by Zuckerberg himself, but Waters also pleaded for the release of imprisoned journalist and whistle-blower Julian Assange. But how indeed did Mark Zuckerberg become one of the richest men on the planet?
The former student of Harvard University started his career as one of the earliest pioneers of social media with his webpage Facemesh.com, where one could grade the faces of young women in order to divide them into the categories of “beautiful” and “ugly”. Today, Facebook is one of many global mega-corporations located in the Californian Silicon Valley, where Zuckerberg currently holds a seat on the management board. Alongside Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, Facebook is one of the so-called “Big Five” of the biggest IT businesses in the USA. They are also synonymous with the Age of Surveillance Capitalism, which dominates our lives today. This is a problem due to numerous factors, not least because many of these corporations flood the news feeds of their respective consumers with propaganda ranging from LGBT to Black Lives Matter ideology in nature on an almost daily basis. By as far back as 2014, 90% of all people with social media accounts receive their news almost exclusively on social media.
If Facebook – which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp – uses its so-called “fact checkers” to censor media content from circles such as Europa Terra Nostra and even investigative journalists, such as Julian Assange, then their actions only serve to consolidate the preservation of the liberal monopoly on opinion and the continued suppression of truth. Today, Zuckerberg is no longer categorising young women as “beautiful” or “ugly”, but is now categorising media outlets and news as “true” or “extremist propaganda”.
It is of the highest levels of irony that Mark Zuckerberg wanted to use the Pink Floyd song Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) as part of a commercial for Instagram. It is ironic because the song itself was written by Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, who himself is a stout left-winger, and who is fundamentally opposed to the concept of surveillance capitalism and effective mind control methods, which are represented by media giants such as Facebook. Waters is also a notorious critic of the State of Israel and its genocidal policies against the Palestinian people. Waters’ criticisms have often resulted in strong backlash from the popular media. But the anti-imperialist Waters refused to kneel to the mainstream media, and even refused the pleas of the Mark Zuckerberg himself to tone down his rhetoric. Zuckerberg’s delusions that he can effectively control anything that he wanted in the virtual world has thus been met with resistance from somebody who is best-known for being a member of one of the most popular and significant rock bands of all time. In the meantime, the Western intrigue against persecuted whistle-blower Julian Assange begins to waver. Icelandic chief witness Sigurdur Thordarson has renounced his allegations against Assange, who claimed before that he was incited to spy on politicians and hack computers by Assange himself. These claims have been completely fabricated and were only committed since the FBI effectively guaranteed him immunity from criminal prosecution.
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