ICONS ARE BETTER #67: MARK ZUCKERBERG
He wasn’t even born when Apple “1984” was broadcast but I’d argue he’s done more to change the face of human relationships and interactions than Steve Jobs ever did.
He’s possibly a little recent for icon status. He’s only been on the world ‘stage’ for – conservatively – six or so years. But I think you’d find it hard to argue with Mark Zuckerberg’s icon status, in my humble opinion.
He’s remarkable. In every sense of the word. An idea that started in a dorm room has now become something that over a billion people worldwide can’t live without. He generates almost as many column inches as he does bucks. His company has become a verb. He has even kick-started the latest global debate on parental leave.
I think his claim to icon status though comes mainly from what he REPRESENTS. He might now be the CEO of one of the largest corporations on earth but to the millennial generation he is the James Dean of the employment world. Along with the other ‘dropouts’ he represents a big fat middle finger to the path of conformity. He didn’t do it the way he was supposed to; he forged his own path to the dollar-soaked land of the super (super) rich.
He is the poster boy for the start-up clan. He has become a walking, talking representation of the dropout hero. He’s only had one film about him (and it was better than BOTH Jobs ones, too) but give it time and I think there’ll be a genre.
A bit spiky. Not everyone’s cup of tea. Possibly a bit of an anathema to many. It’s a good start for any icon.
Kevin Chesters – Executive Planning Director