On Thursday 16 February, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and supreme leader of Facebook, the world’s most populous virtual country (population 2bn) published an epistle to his 89m disciple-followers.
The best reason for reading the Zuckerberg epistle in full is that it provides the best illustration we have of the degree to which Silicon Valley has become detached from reality. En passant, it also shows how someone can be both staggeringly clever and also astonishingly naive. Facebook’s supreme leader is not an evil person. He just knows little about the world that actual human beings inhabit.