No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
Well, this is alarming: the founder of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte, has been fired. Pavel Durov says that he was removed from his position as the company’s CEO under distressing circumstances. In a post explaining how he was let go, Durov claimed that the company was now under the “complete control” of Putin allies Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov. The move makes this the latest media outlet controlled by the Russian government, which looks to place Kremlin oversight in every significantly large corporation in Russia.