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Social Media's Privacy Satirized With 'Fear Medal' At DC Sanity Rally

Appropriately enough, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were presented with a Fear Award at the first-time Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear event hosted by satirical pundits Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in DC today. In true "point-counterpoint" fashion the two venerable comedians traded barbs as to who best represented reasonableness versus those that raised the bar on ratcheting up the public's sense of fear.

The concept of the rally was to lampoon similar rallies recently held by conservative pundits Glenn Beck and the Tea Party. The dubious award dubbed the first annual Stephen Colbert "Fearie" was awarded to the founder of Facebook in absententia since Zuckerberg did not make an appearance at the ceremony. Colbert made the award announcement as a statement that underscores how Americans are fearing for their loss of privacy on the social network.

Each recipient of the award received a handsome bronze fear medal depicting a naked man running with scissors. Similar to Zuckerberg, representatives from ABC, CBS and NPR who also won the "Fearie," did not appear to accept their awards.

Colbert also noted that Zuckerberg deserved the "fear award" for giving users the opportunity to check whether their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend had begun dating "someone much cuter" than them.

Regarding Zuckerberg's absence, Colbert noted "(Mark) values his privacy a lot more than yours," and then accepted the award on Zuckerberg's behalf. He signed off with a nod to the CEO to get in touch with him on Facebook: "Mark, friend me," he requested.

Just prior to the event, in a poll of more than a half-million Americans conducted by AskMen.com, Jon Stewart topped the list of the most influential men in the fields of politics, sports, entertainment, technology and philanthropy. He beat out number-two Bill Gates and ironically, number three was none other than Mark Zuckerberg.

While it would have taken a lot of convincing to get Zuckerberg to acutally attend this event where he was the 'butt' of a joke, it might have been a wise move on his part to show up for the the 150,000 people in attendance as well as the millions of TV viewers. If he had the stamina to rise above his criticism, it would have definitely helped repair some of the damage caused by a not-so-favorable movie, a graphic novel and a list of privacy breaches that can be found in some of my previous posts.

After all, if he had the chutzpah to appear on The Simpsons, surely he could have found the courage to go up against Stewart and Colbert.

As seen in the graphic novel "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks"As seen in the graphic novel "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks"

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