CORPORATE IRE BACKFIRE
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
I thought it was an urban legend or a joke when it first came to my attention, but this story is both amusing and real.
Google, angered by a CNET article that revealed personal information on CEO Eric Schmidt obtained from Google searches has apparently instituted a policy of “not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006”. The tech industry reporting giant CNET News.com also is reported to have confirmed that Google is no longer talking to CNET reporters.I knew this would happen the minute Google got greedy and decided to be the latest cybermonster. They made oodles of money off of the gullible investors seeking easy riches and now they have to protect this stash by becoming an insane, jealous dragon like Fafner which was slain by Siegfried.
CNET earlier while researching a news item, found a lot of information on the net about Google chief, Eric Schmidt, such as his net worth, neighborhood and political affiliation, which when published resulted in Google taking a major offence to the story. For Google, which has always maintained very strong privacy norms for its users, ironically all the information was on Schmidt was using its own search engine. While Google is within its rights by abstaining from talking to CNET, critics are likely to find this behavior odd.
Google could not be immediately reached for comment. (Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.
I use search engines all the time. Any name that comes up in the news gets searched. One find tons of amazing and amusing information this way, this is why we adore all search engines and heartily endorse people using them, themselves. Why Google hates googling is an old story. All corporate entities have to control information. They did this in the past by restricting information's interface with the vast public. Hiding stuff was a big enterprise, note how yet again, our elected officials are struggling with Bush to release vital information and as usual, he drags his heels.
The Dick Cheney battle plan for stealing oil was concealed from us and is still concealed from us.
What Google's corporate officer wanted was anonymity in the cyber world while he gets filthy rich and hideously powerful, undetected and inscrutible. This childish idea that he can be like Gollum and creep around wearing the Ring that Rules the Web is pathetic as well as annoying. Tolkien makes it clear that Gollum is a bitter, unpleasant creature thanks to this.
They all become bitter.
What does this creepy man have to hide? Is his private life a Never Never Google ranch? Seriously. Many people want to hide these days while they make public appearances. I must be one of the few who doesn't. Life is an open book!
The temper tantrum thrown by Google over this, the desire to censor reporters and scare off any other reporters who might snoop around, is a bad sign for the future. Now we can't trust Google! Like Cisco, they will become the butt of our jokes and our ire.
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