This is the dumbest video you’ll ever see from Mark Zuckerberg
Wait, did this happen?
A few days ago, Mark Zuckerberg posted what appears to be an intentionally weird video showing him using an electric hydrofoil surfboard holding a flag with a John Denver song in the background. That is if you are curious.
There is no comment from him, he just rides the board for several minutes. The “drama” of all of this is that he seems to have trouble holding the flag with one hand.
There are 1.6 million likes and almost 170,000 comments.
As you can imagine, most of the reviews are negative. How does he have time? How about addressing privacy concerns? What is the point of all this?
My first thought was, why does the video even exist?
Whenever famous people try to make a meme of themselves, it always goes south. Of course, with 1.6 million likes, we can say that the engagement on this post is quite high.
Again, the negative press is just that. It’s negative.
The video is not funny or surreal or even self-deprecating. He’s just a rich guy surfing and holding a flag. There is no real message or point. It’s weird because it’s useless.
What would have worked better?
Perhaps a message of hope for a nation and a world that has gone through the wringer for the past 14 to 15 months. Kind of an explanation of how Facebook can help us come together as we all learn to adapt to a post-pandemic world. A call to action.
When I watch the video, I think to myself: I can’t afford it. I don’t own a surfboard. I don’t have access to a second boat that can film me surfing. It’s a right personified, and worst of all, Zuckerberg doesn’t seem to realize it.
Jeff Bezos recently announced his intention to go to space. Richard Branson too. Elon Musk is an icon of innovation, but he mainly tweets about COVID-19 conspiracy theories and bitcoin.
My problem with all of these billionaires who have too much free time is that they don’t seem to be devoting all of their time and resources to addressing the real concerns of their own supporters. I once thought Bill Gates was an exception to this rule, but now I’m not so sure.
Social media is a platform that can influence the world for good. Raising money for charity, connecting people from different places on the planet and even creating a unified vision and purpose.
Surfing while holding a flag? Nothing to see here.