Sunday, May 27, 2012

Liars or ‘Genius?’ … Gaga, Zuckerberg and Obama Groomed From Childhood for Their Roles

The Education of Mark Zuckerberg … It’s May 7, a week before Mr. Zuckerberg’s 28th birthday. And, as Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the wider world all know, something big is coming. It is the deal that will either prove once and for all that Facebook is changing just about everything, everywhere, or that the mania over social media and this company, its apotheosis, is spiraling out of control … If all goes well, Facebook will go public on Friday in an I.P.O. that could value it at nearly $100 billion.

And so now, as C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg has never been more secure — or, given the coming I.P.O., more exposed … On some evenings, as dusk falls in Menlo Park, Mr. Zuckerberg and a small circle of his lieutenants play roller hockey, and maybe knock back a beer or two, outside Facebook’s headquarters … Out in the courtyard, the crew — almost all of them men, almost all in their 20s — hoot and skate until it is almost too dark to see much of anything. Across the courtyard floor, giant black tiles spell out the word “hack.” … The Facebook boys and their captain, Mark Zuckerberg, skate hard. They line up shots with care. And they play to win. – NY Times (5/13/2012)

Lady Gaga went to geek camp, too … Gaga, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sergey Brin are all alumni of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University. CTY and the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) are two of the most well-known highly selective programs that have given rise to high-achieving adults … But first, kids have to prove themselves by taking the SAT in about seventh grade, and they need to score as well as or better than 50 percent of the college-bound juniors and seniors taking the SAT or ACT (you can retest later). Summer Institute for the Gifted, another program, also accepts letters of recommendation and participation in a gifted program as credentials. These camps have programs at various colleges in the U.S., and some in other countries, too … All of these programs do offer financial assistance to some students, however. Students and alumni tend to agree that it’s all worth it. – CNN Living (9/6/2010)

Another day, another breathless announcement about the Facebook IPO – this one in the form of an extended article in the New York Times that demands no less than three writers and thousands of words.

And likely it’s all a lie of sorts. Zuckerberg is no genius-mogul and Facebook is more a US intelligence asset than a functioning business. Read More