Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 


One day, Mark Zuckerberg will sit in a comfortable chair, as the chip inside his brain reminds him that he once declared people didn't want privacy anymore.

The chip will remind him that as times changed, so did he. Zuckerberg began to realize he was, after all, completely in favor of privacy. For himself, that is.

These days, very little of him is private. Almost anything he does constitutes news of one sort or another.

There he was in China on Friday. He thought he'd go for a little jog with some friends. 

But there's no such thing as a little jog for Facebook's CEO. This merely served to jog people's Twittering fingers into furious action.

As Quartz reported, Zuckerberg chose to run through Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Cue the outrage and the Photoshops with tanks.

And then this was Beijing. Cue the tweets about air quality. Greenpeace immediately wafted to Twitter to insist he resist the smog and wear a mask.

This was countered by the People's Daily of China praising him on Twitter for resisting the smog and not wearing a mask.

Some mused how odd this all was given that Facebook is, well, blocked in China.

I believe, though, that Zuckerberg now inhabits higher intellectual planes.

This jog was surely an artistic allegory.

The smog represented the government's blockade of Zuckerberg's hideously noxious free enterprise.

Zuckerberg, by dint of his jogging, was demonstrating that he knew about the blockade (the smog), but he was going to carry on plowing through it, until he had achieved victory.

Moreover, to show he wasn't going to be bound by censorship, the mere concept of a mask was unacceptable.

He represents the free world, after all, the one that's about to elect Donald Trump as its president.

And to show that his was not a lone crusade, his jogging with others was clearly a threat to the Chinese government that this was going to be a people's revolution.

Of course, this could have just been a powerful CEO tossing a little charming PR toward a countr he's trying to charm in order to make even more money.

No, it couldn't have been that, could it?

For me, I confess, there was something else that constituted disturbing news.

Look closely at the picture of Zuckerberg in full stride. What do you see?

I only see the very same lifelessly gray-colored T-shirt that he wears every day of his life.

What message could this have been sending? His belief in Chinese-style conformism, surely.