The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire

What’s on your mind? That’s the question that appears in Facebook’s status box before you start typing, and it’s an essential question of the moment: What’s on your mind is either a commodity for Mark Zuckerberg to sell or it is something else, something that belongs to you alone, and which of those alternatives you choose will go a long way toward defining the next decade of life on the internet.

This is true partly because he’s the CEO of Facebook, and thus ultimately responsible for dehumanizing much of the internet, but in a broader sense I think that Mark Zuckerberg has himself become a kind of atmosphere, a context for online disillusionment.

2018 wasn’t the year of Mark Zuckerberg because of the things he did in his office or the way he dodged questions when he testified in Congress.

It was the year of Mark Zuckerberg because almost everyone I know who spends time on the internet feels as though they have lost something.

It was the year of Mark Zuckerberg because people who were once thrilled by the internet now talk about it in a tone that combines gallows humor, weary resignation, and a kind of cynicism toward the possibility of mercy.

It was the year of Mark Zuckerberg because people in their 20s have stopped being ironic when they talk about what they make as “Content.” It was the year of Mark Zuckerberg because half the good writers I know are out of work.

It was the year of Mark Zuckerberg because our jadedness toward the internet is really a form of grief.

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