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- There are books that are famous because they are good. And there are books that are famous because of what they did. Das Kapital and Mein Kampff (and, I would argue, Nietzsche's ouvre) are the latter.
"Verily, I advise you: depart from me, and guard yourselves against Zarathustra! And better still: be ashamed of him! Perhaps he hath deceived you. The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies, but also to hate his friends. One requiteth a teacher badly if one remain merely a scholar. And why will ye not pluck at my wreath? Ye venerate me; but what if your veneration should some day collapse? Take heed lest a statue crush you! Ye say, ye believe in Zarathustra? But of what account is Zarathustra! Ye are my believers: but of what account are all believers! Ye had not yet sought yourselves: then did ye find me. So do all believers; therefore all belief is of so little account. Now do I bid you lose me and find yourselves; and only when ye have all denied me, will I return unto you. Verily, with other eyes, my brethren, shall I then seek my lost ones; with another love shall I then love you.
From experience, making a large phone system that doesn't suck is a pain in the ass and not enough of a priority to the powers that be, so you can either have a humorless phone system that makes your customers feel hated or a humorous phone system that makes your customers feel hated. I'll grant that you probably have more room to approach not-infuriating than most of us.
I had to get Hegel before I could follow Capital. Phenomenology of Spirit is by no means a quick read though.
Given Wikileaks' involvement in the election, popularity with Trump and his fans, and Trump's already antagonistic relationship with the intelligence community, it wouldn't surprise me at all to hear the US Wikileaks investigation was ending and Sweden lost interest in the rape case.
But it's more likely that Julian, like the rest of us, didn't think there was a snowball's chance of Manning getting any kind of mercy, and so made the offer as a stunt that backfired.
MySpace took off because it was first where your favorite bands were and then where all the people you met at shows were. Facebook took off because it was where everyone at your university organized their social lives. Diaspora was where the privacy conscious nerds were, which is a big draw for privacy conscious nerds and pretty much no one else. I think a distributed social network could succeed, but it'd have to find a community a large number of people are/want to be a part of to be early adopters.
They're probably mostly not lurkers, a lot of people make accounts when there's reddit drama going on and then stop coming around.