Virginia Heffernan has known Sheryl since her book tour for Lean In which cemented her star status. Here she is weighing in 5 years later in the midst of a stunning turnaround in Sheryl's reputation.
She’s been reticent and even defensive when confronted about the extent of Facebook’s complicity in the rise of authoritarianism across the world. She’s delayed in cleaning up the mess, stepping down, or proposing serious reforms.
Empires vanish. The memes that kept them glued together for a short time—from "Dieu et mon droit" to "Bring the world closer together"—are exposed as fictions of state. And the leaders are, surprise, mortals with Napoleon complexes.
Sheryl Sandberg’s maxim for running her world-historical empire—one more dangerous to psyches, tribes, and governments than even France’s or England’s empires ever were—has been the enigmatic “Lean In.”
“Lean In—that shit doesn’t work,” said Michelle Obama last Sunday. She then apologized for the obscenity. But not for the truth.
Wow. Do you think Sheryl deserves this?