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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sarah Palin Is Wrong About Facebook 

Whatever you may think about Sarah Palin, whatever you may like or dislike about her personality, whatever you may believe about her life story or her husband or children, whatever you may think of her political ideology, the truth is this: On at least one very important point (representative of many other points), she is very, very wrong.

On page 400 of her book Going Rogue, Palin discusses her Facebook posts:
These posts had an impact, and it made me think, Isn't Facebook a terrific illustration of the power of American ingenuity?

Facebook was created in a Harvard dorm room in 2004. No one gave its young creator a government grant — he just did it on his own, like generations of other American entrepreneurs.
It's true that Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg did not receive a government grant when he created Facebook late one night while he was drunk in order to compare the ugly chicks on campus to farm animals. (I swear I'm not making this up.)

However, the Internet — without which there could be no Facebook — was in part the result of a massive government project. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in coordination with computer science departments at universities around the country (and researchers in other countries) spent millions and millions of dollars to develop the amazing technology that allowed Mr. Zuckerberg to make his ugly-chicks/farm-animal site.

Sarah Palin complaining on Facebook about how reliant we all are on big government is criminally pathetic. If she doesn't know, then shame on her for being ignorant. If she knows and is trying to deceive her readers, then shame on her for hiding the truth.

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