Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Tarek Fatah Is Naive: Social Media Is Not The New Public Space
...it is owned by private individuals, and you are allowed to stay there on not at their pleasure. I remember when my younger brother and his pals got banned from hanging at the mall next to their high-school during lunch hour. They weren't buying enough stuff, and their presence frightened other shoppers. They thought that was public space too. Certainly it was the only interesting place for them to go at lunch. But they were rudely disabused of the notion. And, frankly, suggesting that Mark Zuckerberg move to China is beyond ironic. The ability to boot somebody off your private property is central to a free society, not its contrary.