The Vacuity of the Broadcast Industries


Mark Zuckerberg comments that Hollywood seemed to have trouble understanding that he didn’t want to create Facebook to get a girl, but just because it would be satisfying to create the website. This shuttered view of humanity extends way beyond Silicon Valley, and finds its purest form in cable news. According to the well-worn narrative, it’s almost unimaginable that someone in politics does something, because it’s the right thing to do. Rather, one is always motivated because it helps you somehow in the political horserace, or it’s a mistake and blunder. It’s a rather sad view of the world, where no one does anything unless it directly betters themselves vis-a-vis other people.

Human relationships are important. In fact, they might be the most fulfilling aspect of civilization. But, other things motivate people to do things, even if they are abstract notions we don’t all share.

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The Vacuity of the Broadcast Industries

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