I’m not sure where to start with this one, so I guess the facts will have to do. Facebook billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a video on his Instagram account on July 4. The video shows Mark Zuckerberg on what appears to be an electric hydrofoil surfboard just at sunset, the American flag blowing 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 collectively gone through the four stages of grief as the video begins to go viral – with over 500,000 views on Instagram and Facebook in a matter of hours.
The denial came quickly: Zuckerberg just has to troll us, surely? We all fall for that. He got us. (And he really could, the meme potential of this image is so high that no billionaire social media mogul could post it without knowing that there would be thousands of posts discussing it, including this one. .)
Many quickly grew angry: open up Twitter and you’ll find it has been relentlessly pilloried. Is to reach.
“I saw it, so now you have to see it too. I’m sorry,” wrote a user.
“It’s the worst thing that ever existed”, wrote another.
Another: “Do billionaires get incredibly weird because of the money, or do they become billionaires because they’re incredibly weird? Because what is that?”
A suggested user the ocean would like to be set on fire, referring to the pipeline leak in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.
And “pic cringe”, probably sums up.
Then, haggling: what if this video was a deepfake? What if it was just a robot like Mark Zuckerberg?
Ultimately, however, the stages of grieving end with acceptance. We got to this place quickly.
Happy July 4th!