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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-03-31 02:59:03
Facebook Buys Oculus Rift
There is no right pill. Our corporate overlords own us all.
I can understand the internet furor over the purchase. (Aside from the typical lowest common denominator of death threats and wishing cancer on family members.) If you donated to their initial Kickstarter (a grass roots form of funding if there ever was one), it's a bit of a kick in the teeth to swallow that the people you entrusted your money to just raked in $2 billion from a corporate buyout.
One such donor wrote, "I supported this because it's something that I've wanted to see become a reality since I read my first William Gibson novel. Now I find out that I might as well have handed my money right to Facebook and I feel a little sick."
The thing is, those two statements constitute a non-sequitur. Ironically, a massive conglomerate has a much better chance than an independent startup of effecting the sort of dystopian, society-shifting tech this Neuromancer fan craves. In fact, that sick feeling over corporate cyber-funding indicates that he's already participating.