Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg currently reading Orwell’s Revenge

In a surprise Q&A session Tuesday evening, Facebook’s (FB, Tech30) CEO said he only spends 50 to 60 hours each week doing “real work” in the office or in meetings. But he conceded that if the definition of “work” were expanded, he’d be working his “whole life.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg currently reading Orwell’s RevengeFacebook Ceo - Reading Book - Orwell's Revenge book 1984 -

 

(1) “That depends on what you count as work,” Zuckerberg said in response to a question about how many hours he works each day. “I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better, but a lot of that time isn’t in our office or meeting with people or doing what you’d call real work.”

(2) “I take a lot of time just to read and think about things by myself,” he added. “If you count the time I’m in the office, it’s probably no more than 50-60 hours a week. But if you count all the time I’m focused on our mission, that’s basically my whole life.”

(3) “I think net neutrality is important…For people who are not on the internet though, having some connectivity and some ability to share is always much better than having no ability to connect and share at all,” Zuckerberg said.

Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest

 

George Orwell’s bleak vision of the future, one in which citizens are monitored through telescreens by an insidious Big Brother, has haunted our imagination long after the publication of 1984. Orwell’s dystopian image of the telescreen as a repressive instrument of state power has profoundly affected our view of technology, posing a stark confrontational question: Who will be master, human or machine? Experience has shown, however, that Orwell’s vision of the future was profoundly and significantly wrong: The conjunction of the new communications technologies has not produced a master-slave relation between person and computer, but rather exciting possibilities for partnership.

Orwell's Revenge Book - Peter.W.Huber 1984

Peter Huber reveres Orwell’s legacy, but understands his error, seeing this new technological revolution for what it isa force not for political repression, but for freedom and enhanced creativity. And what better way to demonstrate the power and excitement of the emerging supermedium than to turn the computer against Orwell’s own text? In an extraordinary demonstration of the emerging supermedium’s potential to engender new forms of creativity, Huber’s book boldly reimagines 1984 from the computer’s point of view. After first scanning all of Orwell’s writings into his personal computer, Huber used the machine to rewrite the book completely, for the most part using Orwell’s own language. Alternating fiction and non-fiction chapters, Huber advances Orwell’s plot to a surprising new conclusion while seamlessly interpolating his own explanations and arguments. The result is a fascinating utopian work which envisions a world at our fingertips of ever-increasing information, equal opportunity, and freedom of choice.

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