Monday, June 04, 2012

Facebook's Zuckerberg: Shakespeare's Classic Jew

The Wall Street Journal today is carrying an article about Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook exploring allowing 13 year olds and younger having an account on the social media site. But it would require an adult supervision entry AND access to an adult controlled credit card.. Last November Zuckerberg settled a complaint with the Federal Trade Commision . It stipulated that for a period of 20 years Facebook would not violate privacy laws of its users. Yet he wants access to children. He's desperate for sales growth.

I'm reminded of the classic Jew in literature. Shakespeare's "Merchant Of Venice" featured Shylock. He loaned to local Ventians at high rates of interest and in one case had a pound of his borrowers flesh pledged as collateral. Zuckerberg might be worse than Shylock. Shylock actually used his own money to lend to Antonio. But Zuckerberg was accused of stealing the Facebook idea from two friends at Harvard. Interestingly two weeks ago Facebook offered a service wereby donor body parts availability and requests could be advertised on the site. Faux pas? One thinks of the the Jewish blood libel. Poor Mark. He doesn't know any better and doesn't care how it looks. Only his mothers opinion counts.

Zuckerberg has quite a resume. Accused of stealing a business, wanting to sign up pre teens with access to credit cards for his social media site and advertising body parts. Individually these characteristics are shared by many. But all in one person speaks of Shakespeare's classic Jew.

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