Should Mark Zuckerberg run for president? | The Tylt
Should Mark Zuckerberg run for president?
Mashable dragged Zuckerberg big time for his auto plant visit. Some observers just don't think a tech CEO who has spent his life behind a keyboard is going to be able to pull off the "man of the people" rhetoric necessary to win over the American heartland.
Here are some Undercover Boss-esque reflections from The Hoodied One about what it's like to work that assembly line: "Working on the line at an assembly plant is physically hard, and the people I met talked about how tiring it is and how worn down you get." Maybe for his next trick, he can work a job that requires a hair net.
On the other hand, maybe a tech CEO would be uniquely positioned to grasp the economic challenges of the 21st century. And certainly Zuckerberg seems to care about making the world a better place—he didn't follow the usual tech titan "wait until you're retired" timeline, but has already founded a philanthropic organization dedicated to eradicating disease.
We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.
My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year. It will help me lead the work at Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative so we can make the most positive impact as the world enters an important new period.
But Zuckerberg and his platform have so much power over our media that many find the idea of him running for president kind of disturbing. Wired thinks he shouldn't run:
If he did, that would mean the person running for leader of the free world would also control the platform where 44 percent of American adults now get their news....If he won, that fundamental conflict of interest would become even more pronounced. Media barons have occupied high office before. But a social media baron as president would be an unprecedented experiment in politics and the power to control perceptions.