MEMBERS ONLY: Mary Shelley Warned Us About Mark Zuckerberg

Societies have long known that when inventors don’t ask hard questions of themselves, the results can be catastrophic. Mark Zuckerberg learned this the hard way this week when he testified before Congress over two consecutive days concerning Cambridge Analytica’s breach of Facebook data in the 2016 election. But it doesn’t take a Harvard degree to know that male ego can lead to an astonishing lack of introspection: while holed up during a rainy vacation in Switzerland, an 18-year-old writer named Mary Shelley decided to tackle this subject in her first novel, a book which would become Frankenstein

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Jeremy Fassler is a writer and journalist living in Brooklyn, New York.

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