I’m not sure where to start with this one, so I guess the facts will have to suffice. On July 4, billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a video on his Instagram account. The video shows Zuckerberg on what appears to be an electric hydrofoil surfboard just as the sun sets over a body of water, the American flag waving in the breeze, as John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” plays. .
Here is the video for you … to enjoy?
I feel like social media has been collectively experiencing the stages of pain as the 71-second video goes viral, recording over 500,000 views on both Instagram and Facebook in a matter of hours.
Denial came quickly: Zuckerberg must be tripping us, right? We are all falling into the trap. He has us. (And it really could. The meme potential of this image is so high that no billionaire social media mogul could post it without knowing there would be thousands of articles discussing it, including this one.)
Many quickly turned to anger – open Twitter and you will find that you have been ridiculed relentlessly. Is coming.
“I saw it, so now you have to see it too. I’m sorry.” wrote a user.
“This is the worst thing that ever happened”, wrote another.
Other: “Do billionaires get incredibly rare because of money, or do they become billionaires because they are incredibly rare? Because what the heck is this?”
And “peak shrink” probably sums it up.
Next, negotiation: What if this video is a deepfake? What if this is simply a robot in the image of Mark Zuckerberg?
“These AIs are getting too human,” someone wrote.
Ultimately, however, the stages of grief end in acceptance. We got to that place quickly.
“The ocean: please set me on fire again” sighed a soul, referring to weekend.
If nothing else, Zuckerberg has dominated that board. Happy Fourth of July!