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By Tom Nuttall  

You might have thought that the editor of a magazine called the Idler would find the social networking website Facebook a wonderful addition to his time-sink toolbox. Yet writing in the Guardian the other day, Tom Hodgkinson sought to paint Facebook as nothing less than a vast neocon conspiracy, with its board harbouring mysterious, sinister venture capitalists pursuing nefarious libertarian agendas. The piece is well worth reading, if only for delicious morsels like “Facebook pretends to be about freedom, but isn’t it really more like an ideologically motivated virtual totalitarian regime…?”

Happily, Facebook seems to have emerged from the Hodgkinson…

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