Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter discussed on Jim Bohannon

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Zero five four six two six as we talked tonight, a Facebook banning certain providence individuals from Facebook, and we're talking with Lou Perez, the head writer and executive producer of the webby award winning. We the internet TV and looking at this. I must confess that that my first reaction was I suppose rather American reaction will you don't like Ford's by Chevy, and then it occurred to me, of course, we'll be like Facebook, then pound sand having why isn't there of a viable competitor to to Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, or whatever. Well, I mean if anybody out there, and if your listeners wanna, you know, join forces and make us the start up or something like that. I'm totally down. I I'm not sure I think we might have, you know, maybe a little bit of a kind of a short memory, and that we don't remember, you know, things like my face, and how my face was was the go-to for social media for so long. And then Facebook came along. I'm not sure I mean, I I would I would imagine that it must be pretty expensive for startup to compete in this in this marketplace against you know, all these these giant h he's conglomerates another was a there was a platform called mines mine's dot com. Am I am b s dot com, and I actually have a profile on there. But I haven't checked it out. I think I think I think a lot of. People. I'm pretty lazy in that. Facebook is just therefore maybe Twitter, therefore me my browser. But you know, if an alternative comes comes along. I know a lot of people are interested in this. Well, there's going to be certainly a market for it. Clearly, a tremendous amount of usage on Facebook. And be a lot of satisfaction with the kind of things that we're talking about tonight if anything ever screamed out, of course, you're going to have to have some money. But that's okay. There are lots of people out there with spare money don't know what to do with it. So I just it. It struck me as as odd that we haven't feed it, and I think Becker a little over a century ago when there were a number of institutions which had come along in our national life, which had been very useful. But all of a sudden, it became clear to many people that they have become not only very useful. But extremely powerful. And that they were using that power to distort their rightful place in our society. That's was the era of the trust. Busting the area of the steel trust of the sugar trust in the oil trust in the railroads and all the rest of that. And of course, we wound up with antitrust laws and things of that nature. I'm not sure in the digital age if the Facebook and similar organizations are approaching that. But there's no doubt about the fact that the power in the hands of Mark Zuckerberg is considerable and the very least what I just talked about is worthy of discussion. Certainly. Yeah. I know a lot of people are are having that having that talk, Brendan O'Neill who is the editor of for spike magazine, which is a British magazine, kind of a a left libertarian Maga's often talked about that about the idea of regulating, you know, something like Facebook and YouTube of as if it was a public square, you know, sort of under the same jurisdiction as a as a public square would be, you know, I don't know too much about antitrust law or how that works. But I mean, if you know just looking at it from from the point of view Marceca Berg, we're trying to at least for this moment. I mean, the one thing about, you know, being regulated and regulating, this particular thing is that will, you know, makes it a lot harder for competitors to get over those. Initial hurdles and start something new up, if you know, if they're all these requirements, as I'm sure they'll be all these requirements as far as you know, bandwith, and and all these number of things that you have to check off your list in order to be deemed adequate, and you know, being a fulfilling platform a lot of the little guys are just not going to be able to compete with that. And and just just you know, one laughing. I don't know if anybody out there saw the congressional hearings where they were members of Twitter and Google and Facebook there, and they were being asked these questions from you know, from sitting representatives who had no idea what Facebook was or Google. That was one of the more interesting such hearings confessed. Just the idea that those people would be responsible for crafting legislation. I mean, it's it's I don't I don't know if that's the route. We wanna go down. Yeah. I recall some years ago when Senator Strom Thurmond was on a committee was in his later years. He was always say not as sharp as he wants at been and to one particular with us who was hard to hear at least for the Senator he urged them to lean forward and talk into the machine. So yes, I I see what you're talking about. Let me hasten do it. I am not one of those people who says there's a problem here. Let's turn to government right off the bat. I do not believe that the department of motor vehicles is the answer to every single problem we have. But I am of the viewpoint that some problems may as a last resort need to at least consider government intervention, and frankly lacking such competition lacking people who have jumped in and provided an altar. Turn it. If I'm thinking about it. Now, I'm just one person. But the thought is occurred to me, I don't see Mark Zuckerberg changing for the simple reason. Why should he he's a moldy kazillionaire and other than that a painful hearing nobody's really doing anything about him? So he he wants to the wave his magic wand. And then play God why not? Yeah. We we we actually premiered the documentary five reasons why we need hate speech last week in New York City, and we had a panel discussion in Q and A and one of the one of the audience members who participated in Acuna put forth, you know, just sorta gave some context to it. And you know, Mark Zuckerberg, not only is he dealing with users Facebook who are upset with him. But he's also dealing with you know, sponsors who are upset with him. And he's also dealing with government which is upset with him. You know, with, you know, the whole Russian box thing and adds fake news and all that stuff. So, you know, the the the guy is is while, you know, obviously, he's kimes loaded. The guy's got so much money. The platform in the importance that platform plays in the culture at large as well, as you know, just the hidden of, you know, the important it is for the citizens right now dealing with a lot of stuff, and I don't know if I'd be able to juggle all of that. Yeah. What he's six five O, JIMBO and more calls to come Lou Perez, head writer and executive producer of we the internet TV, and we're looking at the moves by Facebook. As Mark Zuckerberg speaks from the corporate headquarters located somewhere near Mount, Olympus. We'll be back.

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