It’s a surreal WTF moment. In a gathering of Silicon Valley “technorati” in Palo Alto, California yesterday to “dole out advice” on “job creation,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg emphasised the need for “better education” to “foster growth, competitiveness, innovation, and job creation.” Sounds good so far. But then she lets out these doozies:
Sandberg talked about what can be done to get more women in particular into high-tech jobs, such as giving girls more time with computers from an early age. “Let your daughters play video games,” she told an audience comprised of educators, entrepreneurs and investors.
Just what parents need: advise from more “social media” experts — no less than the COO of Facebook herself — on the merits of further immersing ourselves in this digital universe and, presumably, breeding future denizens of an already vast network of narcissists and 15-minute celebs. An early introduction into that world will work wonders for the psyche of the average eight-year-old girl, I’m sure. Heeding Sandberg’s words is like taking pharmaceutical advise from a drug dealer.
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These guys are on fire. The other night, I heard out an impassioned plea from social media “practioner” Tonyo Cruz on how the Philippine Government’s Commission on Higher Education (CHED) had all but become the local “village idiot” for failing to embrace the “Twitterverse.” Yes sirrree. Becoming a tweep, it seems, is vital to breathing in the 21st Century if we are to believe these “experts.” Now we have no less than the COO of the Borg itself telling us to let loose our daughters in The Social Network.
Holy conflict of interest, Batman!
Scariest of all is the fact that these Silicon Valley “technorati” will be meeting with US President Barack Obama in a few months to present their recommendations.
It’s high time that some long overdue perspective be introduced to the din of two-bit “advise” on the merits of embracing the “digital culture” being dished out by the “wired elite” over the increasingly pervasive “social media” channel they are so beholden to. Marketing a for-profit businesses like Facebook for its entertainment value is one thing. But presuming to push it into aspects of living that fall outside discretionary use of time and into living essentials is just plain wrong. The above examples highlight the dangers of delegating our thinking to people with agendas.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.