On Axios, Steve LeVine actually does it: He puts out there the possibility of a world without Facebook. The unthinkable becomes thinkable.
To give solidity to this futuristic projection he interviews a number of experts in various fields.
Among them is Scott Galloway, author of the book "The Four," who frequently writes on antitrust developments in EU against social networks such as Facebook.
In the U.S., that anti-trust push could catch fire. For lawyers on all sides of the issue there could be money and/or fame. So, yes, lawyers have motivation to go for it.
Of course, many interests will be hurt if Facebook goes poof. At the top of the list, of course, are its shareholders. If they don't get out now or unless they short the stock, they could wind up like so many after the Crash of 2008. They could be labeled The Lost Facebook Generation.
Other losers would be marketers who have been able to leverage Facebook as their very effective promotional platform.
Also, there are those who truly achieve connection through their participation on Facebook. I stopped being among them in May 2014. Here is that grim tale of perceived betrayal.
On the other hand the winners would include those who are forced by the disappearance of Facebook to get out and interact in-person. In itself, that might put a dent in the world's obesity epidemic.
Those over-50 whom I coach will have less trouble with phone and in-person job interviews since they will have to shift from posting to talking.
The Kremlin will have to find another way to create havoc with U.S. affairs.
We who do searches on the internet would no longer have the items from those appearing online in about 90 seconds. The other day I searched which apartments in Mobile, Alabama took pets. You got it, almost instantly, there were ads for pet-friendly apartments on my Facebook page.
Self-absorption could downsize. I remember a time when several human beings in my circle really cared about me. More recently, it has taken 23 months for one person to ask how I am doing and who stops to listen.
If Facebook goes the way of the Selectric typewriter, other social networks could follow. The ones we will keep are the professional ones such as LinkedIn. LinkedIn does bring in business. Now and then there also has been some connection.
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