Notepad on Life

January 14, 2010

Finally, those ‘o’s in ‘Google’ look like balls

Better late than never: Google finally sees the futility of trying to appease tyranny, as “a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on [its] corporate infrastructure originating from China” aimed at hacking into email accounts of  human rights activists, prompts the search engine monolith to stop playing ball in allowing censored search results on its Chinese website.

How much more creditworthy this sudden insistence on free speech would have sounded had Google made it the sine qua non of its involvement in China from the outset.

True nobility is prompted by ideals bigger than yourself, not by a fit of pique at having your firewalls tampered with.

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Still with Google, an interesting point was made on a recent Dogma Free America podcast.

Google “Christianity is”. You’ll see a dropdown panel appear with helpful suggestions as to how you might like to complete the phrase: eg “a lie”, “bulls**t”, “false”, “not a religion”, “wrong”, “dead “.

It’s much the same if you replace “Christianity” with Buddhism, atheism, Sihkism or Hinduism.

Now search “Islam is”. If you get anything other than a big fat blank where all those pejorative labels were, you’ve been luckier than me or the guys on DFA.

Now I’m prepared to be realistic here. Some people in the Islamic world are known for blowing people up first and asking questions afterwards and I can understand it if Google executives don’t fancy having to look over their shoulder whenever they leave the house for the rest of their lives.

If they’re making the concession for one philosophy, however, then they must make it for all of them. Expediency is one thing; one-eyed kowtowing very much another.

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1 Comment »

  1. The results for the auto suggest are identical pretty much to the other religions results.

    in the Irish version at least.

    Where are you based?

    Comment by AK — November 22, 2010 @ 8:49 pm | Reply


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