. Mark Zuckerberg, Have You Considered Retirement?  . .

Updated : Oct 24, 2019 in Articles

. Mark Zuckerberg, Have You Considered Retirement? . .

. Mark Zuckerberg, Have You Considered Retirement? . . Youre everyones favorite political punching bag, for good reason. Why not take the decade off? Opinion Columnist If I were Mark Zuckerberg — newfound even if it includes except if theres , a would be , side gig , , , person in the world, hobnobber to and and all around do gooder digital hegemon who is also now vying to , I mean my God, Mark, where does all this end? — Id be packing a go bag right about now. But if Im Mark Zuckerberg, I probably have a whole go trunk ready, and Im consulting with Alfred and Jeeves about the best routes for driving the straight out of Dodge. Instead of dealing with annual congressional grillings, Id retreat to a nice island out of the limelight somewhere deep in the Pacific, like my other . I would take a page from Bill Gates, who pulled back from Microsoft and from the corporate villain of a generation into the philanthropic patron saint of billionaires, the billionaire who in the first place. [Farhad Manjoo will answer your questions about this column on Twitter on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern: .] Or Id pull a Larry Page and Sergey Brin and just ghost society. Page and Brin are co founders of Google, the biggest advertising company in the world, keepers and miners of all our data. But several years ago, Page, who suffers from a condition that causes vocal cord paralysis, appointed managers to run his vast empire, and according to numerous reports both he and Brin have since from many of the upheavals Google has endured in the past few years. The only time Larry Page anymore is to that talks anymore. Perhaps you can admire Zuckerberg for his commitment to publicly taking on the biggest issues of the day. Yet as a symbol and messenger for his own ideas, Zuckerberg draws more heat than light. He is constantly muddled about the complexities of the problems Facebook faces, tries to please all sides and persistently fails to read a room. He makes frequent unforced errors — in a speech last week about free expression, he that Facebooks early use was as a hotbed of opposition to the Iraq war, which isnt the case — and he has a terrible tendency to conflate whats good for Facebook with whats good for America. No wonder, As Voxs Teddy Schleifer points out, Zuckerberg has become . Elizabeth Warren has made him . Alexandria Ocasio Cortez him in her endorsement of Bernie Sanders. When — playing very neatly into the story line that Mayor Pete will play nice with the Ivy League billionaire class — his campaign that it has also taken staffing advice from lots of other people, including one of Mayor Petes high school teachers. Its not just Democrats who dont like Zuckerberg. Even though to the distribution of global right wing thought, vast sections of the American right — from to — have made a sport of . This is called working the refs, and it turns out Zuckerberg is a terrifically easy ref to work. When conservatives accuse him of being in the bag for liberals, he and allows . See: It pays to hate Zuckerberg. Politically, he is such a juicy target, I am almost surprised he doesnt see the trap hes in. There is something slightly unfair about this, in a very tiny violin sort of way. Zuckerberg is not an evil business mastermind. He doesnt run private prisons, his product doesnt kill hundreds of thousands of people a year, and he isnt destroying the environment. In many ways he epitomizes the American dream: He turned a privileged upbringing into a life of super extra Bond villain power and privilege by of a thing that many other people had thought of before he did. Then he bought up every competitor he could and . He played the game very well, ruthlessly and with frequent flashes of genius, and even if he with his technology, he managed to deliver fabulous results to shareholders. Now he possesses more power to shape commerce, democracy and the human psyche — at least according to his sometimes hyperbolic critics in media and politics, who, lets not forget, also have a lot to lose in his rise. But it is Zuckerbergs very wealth and power that is now becoming a cross to bear. Recently he has found it . And when critics point out his power, his instinct is to disclaim it. This has been Facebooks whole message recently: Look, were trying! We never asked to be this powerful! It just sort of happened! In speech after speech Zuckerberg now that getting him to stringently police his network will only reward him with more power than he has somehow already lucked into. For which Ill give him points: Thats a correct position. No one can defend your wealth and power, Mark Zuckerberg, not even you. But this is exactly why Zuckerberg makes a perfect political target for this moment. Its why Warren set him in her sights early and fires upon him so often. As a leader of what Zuckerberg recently called a Fifth Estate alongside the other power structures of society, he possesses a new and unusual kind of leverage in the world, and none of us — not lawmakers, not the traditional media, not academics or tech companies — has figured out the best way to curb his role in society. Theres only one thing everyone seems to agree on, Zuckerberg included: that he is the epitome of having too much. To quote Kanye West, . Farhad wants to . If youre interested in talking to a New York Times columnist about anything thats on your mind, please fill out this form. Farhad will select a few readers to call. The Times is committed to publishing to the editor. Wed like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles. Here are some . And here and x27;s our email: . Follow The New York Times Opinion section on , and .

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