I wrote a year-end essay about how 2017 changed the way we saw Facebook.
Every company is an experiment. And yet even among tech giants, few experiments seem so emotionally laden as Facebook's. The company inserted itself between us and our friends — and between us and the news — and the ultimate result is anyone’s guess. And what you may have experienced in past years as a kind of vague unease about the company had, by the end of 2017, a credibility and a shape.