Meta-Farce? How Facebook Brings Both Innovation and Angst

Available for Interviews: Dr. Hope Umansky

Dr. Hope Umansky is an American Culture College Professor with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Hope worked forensically in a clinical setting for 3 years treating court-ordered batterers, their victims (few were survivors), and a sexual assault response team, as well as founded the first stalking victims support group in San Diego in 1998. She also worked forensically on a psychiatric emergency team (PET) in San Diego’s most dangerous urban hospital and San Diego’s largest trauma center working with many people on parole, probation, and severe psychiatric illness. 

What Dr. Hope can say in an interview on
The Metaverse:

    • The Metaverse is Facebook’s new and ambitious plan to “extend reality”—the combination of augmented and virtual reality and to integrate this into our everyday personal and professional lives.
    • Rather than addressing the major issues that the internal docs showed and NOT DOING ENOUGH to stop sex and human trafficking, divisive and fallacious rhetoric, purposefully introducing teens to violent and self-destructive content with AI, as well as threatening democracies around the world by inciting violence and facilitating communications that create genocide and humanitarian crises.

    • The Meta-Farce is that Mark Zuckerberg and company have made no changes to modify what is disturbingly wrong with his properties. His Metafarce is renaming it Metaverse as he seemingly demonstrates arrogant narcissism and somehow adding an exciting umbrella name will appease people that something has changed. 
    • We are already living in his Metaverse. He just gave it a name. Putting a new title on top of the properties changes nothing except being more honest that we are living in his Metaverse (and have been all along). Thus, it is a Metafarce—a foolish and ridiculous show of tech-flexing.
    • The stakes are being raised and our children will be the guinea pigs for a potentially more harmful social experiment.
    • It is clear that congressional hearings and public pressure had no impact, so it is left to the people, like a grassroots movement, to show that the meta-joke is on him, not us. 
    • What are we willing to do to protect the digital metaverse from having our institutions implode, people’s mental health and lives destroyed, more inciting violence domestically and globally? 
    • It’s okay to play in the social media ring, but we must know where fantasy ends and reality begins—and dialogue between parents and children is essential for emotional health and well-being.
    • The BEST call to action, however, is that people opt-out of the Metafarce altogether. We need to change to be able to move forward.


Interview: Dr. Hope Umansky

Dr. Hope Umansky, a.k.a. Dr. Hope, is an American Culture College Professor and an author on educational reform, equity, inclusion, social justice & American culture. Her column, Dr. Hope On Point represents the intersection of historical context and popular culture, with an emphasis on the complex human experience.

Hope Umansky, PhD, offers a unique psychology-based perspective on the questions and events that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds.

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