The Idler | The depressing rise of Snapchat

Facebook’s first investor was Peter Thiel, who is a Trump-supporting futurist libertarian. When Facebook was in its infancy, he and Mark Zuckerberg were captivated by the philosophy of the late academic René Girard, who signature idea was what he called “mimetic desire”. This is essentially the rather depressing notion that the things we desire are copied from other people, and that we do not really think for ourselves. This was the philosophical foundation of Facebook: you are all a bunch of lemmings. Sadly Facebook was right, and dull, tedious computer programmers who have created an easy way for teenagers to send each other messages through the telephone (so what?) suddenly become billionaires. It is a strange world indeed.

Source: The Idler | The depressing rise of Snapchat