Power has always attracted lobbyists. Before the age of democracy, courtiers petitioned kings. As politicians took their place, lobbying firms set up camp in capital cities around the west. But as revelations of the inner workings of Facebook reveal, the digital era has brought about a new kind of king, and a new kind of courtier.
The king in question is Mark Zuckerberg — a comparison he’ll no doubt find flattering, given his well-publicized infatuation with Augustus Caesar. And the courtiers? They aren’t much different to the lobbyists and medieval sycophants of yesteryear — they’re special interests looking for special favors. And the old globalist establishment is the most dangerous special interest of them all.
Panicked old-world elites whose authority has been disrupted by Silicon Valley are determined to take back control from the tech giants. A new exposé, Wired’s “15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook,” describes the desperate land-grab currently underway for influence over the precious algorithms that increasingly shape the focus of the public’s attention — and by extension, what they read, buy, and vote for.
The article cites comments from George Soros at Davos — the annual globalist get-together in Switzerland — angrily dubbing tech giants “the masters of the universe.”