Google's Capacity for Audacity


Thu, Aug 12th, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

"Google is guilty of once again acting like just another company with short-term interests to protect," writes contributor Siva Vaidhyanathan.

"This should not surprise us. Google's modus operandi is to step into a vacuum that used to be the function of the state. Think about Google Books as a cheap replacement for libraries, which should be connecting people to all that learning. Or consider the clumsy pseudo-diplomatic role Google played earlier this year in its showdown with China. We should have stopped believing the 'don't be evil' hype some years ago. Google has long asked to be treated as something special. But it's special in only one way: its capacity for audacity."



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