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July 1, 2019

My first visit to the Aspen Ideas Festival was as enriching and exhausting as I imagined it could be, filled to the brim and them some with stimulating dialogue, intriguing people, and provocative ideas. It’s enough to make your head spin. The closing session on my last day was a real ringer, featuring first a conversation between Common and Arthur Brooks, and then Cass Sunstein on stage interviewing Mark Zuckerberg. 

Let’s just go ahead and call them Cass and Mark, because now I feel like I know them both. Plus, it makes it much easier to relay the substance of what they talked about. Cass pushed Mark on all the topics you’d think he might, all the reasons Facebook has been publicly under fire—privacy, use of data, propagation and facilitation of false information. Mark is clearly a master of the art of the talking point. Not to say, in quite so many words, that he was evasive, but he did have an agenda and a message. 

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