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Mr. Zuckerberg's Ovation

Rebecca Teti notices something about how we treat the rich:

Watch the whole thing for context (and you can find part two here), but the striking moment for me begins at 3:30, when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announces his $100 million challenge grant in support of the project.

He gets a standing ovation for his generosity.

Contrast that audience response of gratitude and admiration for the act of generosity with the political rhetoric we often hear about the wealthy “not paying their fair share.” It struck me that we treat individuals like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg very differently in person than when we’re talking about them as a class
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