'SNL' pits Assange against Zuckerberg

Julian Assange, played by Bill Hader, explains some of the slight, almost marginal, differences between Facebook and WikiLeaks on 'Saturday Night Live.]

Techie distinction

Had Time focused its selections exclusively on tech types, who should have been person of the year?

There are clearly far more similarities between WikiLeaks and Facebook than might first assail the average retina.

Indeed, when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was asked about the two organizations, during his acceptance interview for Time magazine's Person of the Year, he replied: "Well, at a very high level some of the themes could be connected. I mean we mostly make so you can understand what's going on with the people around you because we think that that helps you connect with them more broadly."

So how could "Saturday Night Live" not examine the contrast between the man whom many thought deserving of Person of the Year and Mark Zuckerberg, the man who was actually named to that honor ?

Bill Hader's Julian Assange is a pleasantly maniacal character, one that might almost be bald and played by Mike Myers.

Yet perhaps his (Hader/Assange's) most penetrating observation was this: "What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? Let's take a look. I give you private information about corporations for free. And I'm a villain. Mark Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he's Man of the Year."

Hader goes on to offer several amusing thoughts about himself and his Person of the Year nemesis. In my own more contemplative moments, I dream of being able sit down with both of them in a Palo Alto lapdancing club, just to see how similar their worldviews really are.

 

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