I applaud for Google

You all remember SkyNet Google? You know, that little company that could? The one that swore “Don’t Be Evil” and “Make the World a Better Place” were its mantras?

Yeah, then they turned into a bunch of evil fucks who would wrap the constitution around the Hulk’s dick and tell it to rape a handicapped child, as long as it increased their stock value?

Well, at least they finally made a move in the right direction. They finally admit that maybe they have “outgrown” the “Don’t Be Evil” thing. (source) It is nice to hear them speaking the truth.

3 Responses to I applaud for Google

  1. CPlatt says:

    Actually the article by a typically sloppy journalist has been corrected (in a note at the end). Google’s official mission statement never had “don’t be evil” in it.

    You seem to have rather high standards for corporations. I can’t think of any other corporate entity that has used large sums of money to pursue so many exciting, highly speculative, risky initiatives that have the potential to enrich millions of people’s lives.

    Also, typically of The Guardian, the obligatory handwringing about corporations has to be injected, using the weaselly “some people are concerned” format which never says _which_ people, other than the quasi-socialists at the newspaper: “some have drawn concerns that the company is overstepping its bounds. Research areas in biotechnology, health and medicine, for instance, have been traditionally funded by public money.”

    So we should be worried that a corporation (horror!) is investing in areas that governments are too slow, stupid, or ignorant to mess with. I am so, so tired of the self-righteous naysayers at that horrible newspaper.

    However I realize you are concerned more with First Amendment issues. In that area, yes, Google has compromised. I wonder if other corporations might have compromised more.

    • We should absolutely be worried of an organization that tries to “control ALL the data.” The consolidation of of e-mail, cloud storage, maps, search history, shopping, books, and even medical records is of great concern to me. The value of that “metadata” to an oppressive government (not that we have one of those, right? :)) cannot be understated, and now it’s all in one place.

      • CPlatt says:

        If Google abuses our data, people who care about this will create sufficient demand to support a competitor. We have already seen competitors to Facebook (Ello, and now Tsu) which emphasize data security.

        When the government abuses your data, you have no alternative. Moreover, government has armed forces at its disposal.

        No contest, I think.

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