Google – Benevolent Giant or Evil Empire?

kinnon —  October 6, 2005 — 3 Comments

I’m a Google lover. Have been since I began using it at the end of the last millennium. I can’t imagine a day going by without accessing it innumerable times. But at what point, with Google’s incredible growth, do its tentacles wind their way around us in a Matrix-like grip. I’ve pointed at this a number of times, including in one of my very first posts – Is it a Grid or a Matrix?

Unclegoogle-1Tom Asacker quotes Jim Morrison in his newest post, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” and references EPIC again. What was that paranoia quote again? Oh, yah. “Sometimes the paranoids are right.”

Google is an amoral company. (Note thats amoral, not immoral.) They have no problem agreeing to Chinese dictatorship requirements that Google operates as a censored (read government controlled) service in China. They need to be a part of that market in their estimation, and like Microsoft & Yahoo, are willing to compromise to do it. (Listen to This Week in Tech’s discussion of Google & China in this episode.) Even if that compromise, in Yahoo’s case, causes the imprisonment of dissidents.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to Google – Benevolent Giant or Evil Empire?

  1. Hi..I read your post on the $100 laptop from MIT before reading this one but I am happy to see that not everyone is “googlified”. Not sure if I invented that term, but it looks good :o) I agree that while a lot of what Google is doing from a technological perspective and social computing perspective is really cool, we need to be sure that we don’t look at a corporation like this with shaded glasses on. Their push for wi-fi in sf, destop on the web, targeted marketing with new patents being added weekly, collaboration with Sun..Nasa…MIT…All of this points towards a powerhouse which at some point may need to be regulated. People need to keep in mind the nature of their business. Advertising. Their actions should be treated in this context.

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  2. I like Google as much as the next guy. Couldn’t live with out it, in fact. Yet, I’m starting to see it in a different light. From inside the blogosphere, it doesn’t seem so benevolent.
    ME-Liz

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  3. Liz,
    It is kind of scary when we can’t live without it. What kind of control are we handing over to the good folks @ Google. Is Google the Borg??? “You will be assimilated.”

    Irish Guy,
    I always worry about government regulation – but if we regulate utilities…

    Bill

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