Saturday, January 19, 2008

CBS 60 Minutes | Mark Zuckerberg: The Face Behind Facebook

(CBS) Are you on Facebook yet? The site is up to 60 million users so far, with a projection of 200 million by the end of the year. If you're not on Facebook, here's how it works: you set up a profile page with details about yourself and then decide who gets to see it. Friends use their pages to share personal news, exchange photos, team up on political causes, or just play long-distance Scrabble. It can be a useful tool or an addictive waste of time. Either way, Facebook is having a dramatic impact on the World Wide Web and it's estimated to be worth $15 billion. As Lesley Stahl reports, sitting atop this growing company and directing an Internet revolution is a young, geeky computer programmer who created the site only four years ago.


Duration: 12:32


1 comment:

narrator said...

I'm constantly amazed that this gets stated as if it is a surprise: "It can be a useful tool or an addictive waste of time." Well, yes, and there are people who sit in stale rooms doing nothing but reading books, and people who do nothing but watch television, and people who do nothing but stare out the window. But consider eliminating windows or books because of this "addictive quality."

The point is, people like Dr. Bujega assume that all technologies which existed at their birth are somehow "natural phenomena" - the book, the newspaper, the telephone (landlines only, thank you), the lecture hall, classroom lighting, the chalkboard - and all things which have appeared since are somehow "dangerous" and must be held to a different standard. It's just ego run wild.