Congratulations, you poor!
God's domain belongs to you.
Congratulations, you hungry!
You will have a feast.
Congratulations, you who weep now!
You will laugh.
(Jesus Seminar, "verifiable" beatitudes)
After seeing the "Facebook Movie" (I like to call it this as I assume the actual title, The Social Network, was chosen more for legal reasons than the verisimilar or aesthetic) I have decided that the meek have inherited the earth.
This is the Jesus of resentment and revenge.
The Facebook Movie proposes that the software was designed as vengeance--first against a single woman; then against the gender. It must take its place in the long line of misogynistic plans bent on denigration and domination of the female. But it has gone well beyond that.
Insecurity, inferiority, social ineptitude, immaturity, shallowness, impulsivity--all characteristics engendered by male dominance and proudly on display in our technologies, none more conspicuous than Facebook.
I have a flesh-and-blood friend to whom I once confided that Facebook pictures of "friends'" parties that I didn't attend, didn't know about, wasn't invited to, made me feel, well, socially insignificant. He, though often in these pictures, confessed to the same kind of feeling.
This is the genius of Zuckerberg; he has made us all feel like losers desperately seeking approval. Now, it's not untrue that this is the whole modus operandi of advertising and is a major engine behind our drive to consume useless gadgets and seasonable fashions...but the sheer granular nature of this "network" can make even the most confident being feel his lack and wanting. One can dissect the methodology of market manipulations and stay objective about them; but Facebook attacks you via your personal, individual, daily, friendships. Just look what you missed--or better, what you were left out of, what was denied you.
Turn it off, Child.