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?
Tom 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.