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“Let’s be real. We have a grandpa-grandma Congress that is unable to understand the apps that shape the modern world.”

That and other thoughts on Facebook and privacy live on @NPR's @MorningEdition now, and available at this link:…
@NPR @MorningEdition We also talked about the cultural tendency nowadays to recast plutocratic predation as issues of personal responsibility for victims.

“When you #DeleteFacebook as an individual, you are personalizing what is, in fact, an issue of systems and the abuse of power."
Me: Facebook is a predatory monopoly.

@NoelKing: “The question of whether or not Facebook is a monopoly — you could put two economists into a room and get a fistfight.”

Me: “It might be a weak fistfight.”
@NoelKing We talked about analogies to other industries where we are falsely tempted to think of a systemic problem as personal.

Individuals trying to diet harder is no match for the power of Big Food.

Individuals fighting the demons of addiction is no match for the power of Big Opioids.
Individuals hunting for less toxic paper towels and cleaner rivers for their kids to swim in is no match for the environmental-deregulation agenda of the Koch brothers.

Women leaning in, raising their hands higher, is no match for thousands of years of oppressive patriarchy.
And individuals deleting Facebook is no match for a ruthless, politically connected monopoly.
I so love @MorningEdition and its ability to make the important interesting.

Check out the full segment here, and call a lawmaker!…
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