In what can only be described as an uncomfortable viewing experience, Mark Zuckerberg faced the privacy music yesterday in a discussion with All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. From the meandering musings of the Facebook founder to the sweating image of a person clearly under some pressure, this interview is all at once interesting, hard to watch, puzzling and more.
John Paczkowski’s live blog of the talk uses phrases like “Zuckerberg dodges”, “Zuckerberg continues with this theme until Walt jumps in and asks him to answer the original question”, “Another long rambling answer to a simple question” with the kicker being
[My God, Zuckerberg is literally dissolving in a lake of his own sweat. He’s flushed, and you can see the beads of sweat rolling down his face. Could this be his Nixon moment?]
Here is the video from the AllThingsD site.
Personally, I hate to see anyone in this kind of position. I know I certainly wouldn’t want to be. The flip side of the coin is, however, that Zuckerberg’s continued toying with privacy and other semi-sacred matters of the people that have made him a billionaire is what is being literally brought into the light. If he is uncomfortable with what Facebook is up to or cannot really articulate the situation then this is what can result.
No use dog-piling on the guy at this point but I think that a dose of true openness and honesty might go a long way to move Zuckerberg and Facebook from the privacy doghouse.
Do I expect that? Hmmmmm, I’ll have to think about that one.