“Reliable” transcript

CNN has put up the transcript from yesterday (thanks, Chris!). Here’s a key portion:

JEFF JARVIS, BUZZMACHINE.COM: More than you, I think, Howie.

KURTZ: Even
more than me. And you write that you’ve become obsessed with this place.
Why?

JARVIS: There’s something going on here. The weekend I went on I got
150 friends in 24 hours. Now that’s not a testament to my popularity; it means
that they were all online on a holiday weekend and they were obsessed,
too.

What I think Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has really
found here, the key to it is that it’s real identity. The rest of the Internet
is full of anonymity and pseudo-anonymity and people calling themselves you
know, Bubba47.

Well, on Facebook I’m Jeff Jarvis, and the friends I have
are really my friends. I think we’re thirsting for that reality. And then the
Facebook also opened itself up so people can write new things for its platform
so people are just putting on all kinds of new stuff that makes the platform
more active.

So I can form groups of friends. I can do things with those
friends. I can reconnect with old friends. I think it’s pretty
amazing.

KURTZ: The hundreds of pictures that people put up of themselves
with their friends, some of which are not suitable for viewing by prospective
employers, suggest to me that there is a kind of a voyeuristic aspect to
Facebook where you go snooping around in other peoples’ lives. Some people have
even used the word "stalking." In the good sense.

COX: I didn’t know that
there was a good kind of stalking. I think that there’s definitely voyeuristic
aspects to Facebook. I think there’s also the appeal, I have to say that to
Jeff, it’s partially that you have a real person there, and partially it’s a
slightly elitist crowd at Facebook.

KURTZ: Hold it. There’s 26 million
members.

COX: Well, for a long time it was restricted — for a long time
it was restricted to only, like, Ivy League schools.

KURTZ:
Right.

COX: It was started at Harvard and you had to be at a certain
school in order to get in. Then it was high schools that went to Harvard. Then
it was people — then you could get on if you went to a — if you were employed
by a place that had a lot of recent, you know, college graduates. Now it’s open
to everyone.

KURTZ: But you still think it’s elitist, why?

COX:
But I still think there’s something — maybe I shouldn’t say "elitist." It’s
something that you have to kind of — you already know something when you come
to Facebook. You are bringing — there’s an imprimatur of kind of little bit of
being in the know, let’s say.

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