Millennial Insensitivity: Zuckerberg’s Puerto Rico Virtual Reality ‘Tour’

Imagine if President Trump seized on the technology and used virtual reality to put himself into a disaster-ravaged part of the United States? We all know the media would be going off for a few days of 24-hour news cycle attacks on his insensitivity in the wake of the human suffering of fellow Americans. Any adult knows that would be in bad taste.

Then again, we’re not always talking about good taste when we’re talking about millennials, especially elitist millennials who believe the world is their playground.

In a move that rivaled the president tossing rolls of paper towels, free-throw style, into a crowd of hurricane survivors, Mark Zuckerberg created his own completely avoidable public-relations disaster Monday when he chose to demonstrate Facebook’s new Facebook Spaces app—which lets users explore real destinations as Wii-like cartoon avatars—in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The backlash on social media was swift. “The awful taste of this demo shows how far out of his depth Zuckerberg is running Facebook,” one Twitter user said. “Need more human adults.”
Vanity Fair, 10/10/17

Many of us have run afoul of Facebook and their evolving “community standards” and have patiently waited for that opportunity where Mark Zuckerberg would finally feel the wrath of his customers.

Today was that day.

One of the most powerful features of VR is empathy. My goal here was to show how VR can raise awareness and help us see what’s happening in different parts of the world. I also wanted to share the news of our partnership with the Red Cross to help with the recovery. Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasn’t clear, and I’m sorry to anyone this offended.
Mark Zuckerberg

Sometimes conservatives try to raise awareness in ways that are not clear to the close-minded children at Facebook and we all know what happens to us. Do you really believe Zuckerberg’s apology was sincere and not a publicist-worded attempt to stop those considered “ordinary people” from bothering him?

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