Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg: Guilt is good - The Boston Globe

“So it doesn’t matter…” but the article (including the title) presumes the donation was guilt-driven

So it doesn’t matter whether Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is giving $100 million to Newark’s public schools out of the goodness of his heart or to counter an unflattering portrait of him in “The Social Network.’’ The film opened in New York Friday night, scant hours after the social-media mogul appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,’’ along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to announce his act of charity.

What does matter is that the 39,000 students in Newark’s woeful schools need all the help they can get. About a quarter of Newark’s population is below the poverty line, and with the city confronting a deficit of $83 million, Booker may have to lay off 950 city employees.

Mark Zuckerberg: Guilt is good - The Boston Globe

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