Ongoing Series: Googlephobia
In this series of essays, we explore examples of how Google has become, because of its size and its success, the object of a special kind of hysteria once reserved exclusively for Microsoft. Our point is certainly not that Google should be immune from criticism. Indeed, healthy criticism of corporate actions plays a vital role in the free market by disciplining corporate policies and behavior—often thus providing an effective alternative to government regulation.
But fears of Google’s supposed dominance of the Internet are clouding rational discussion of the policy issues raised by Google, its innovations and its success. All too often, the latest innovative feature from Google is greeted not by applause, but by “Chickenlittle-ism” from bloggers who shoot from the hip without carefully investigating the technology they complain about. We try to examine these allegations carefully and explore what’s really going on.
Here’s the series thus far (in reverse chronological order):
- “Google Bigotry,” Corporate-Bashing & Human Envy
- Wired on Google’s Coming Antitrust Nightmare
- First Amendment Protection of Search Algorithms as Editorial Discretion
- The Pepsi Challenge 2.0, Reputational Incentives & Genericide as a Check on Google’s Brand Power
- New Heights in Googlephobia: “A Delinquent, Sociopathic Parasite”?
- Should the FTC shut down Gmail and Google Docs because of an already-fixed bug?
- Google’s Latitude and Privacy Concerns
- a review of Planet Google by Randall Stross
- The Left Begins to Turn on Google
- Why Google won’t do evil
- Google at Ten & Its Competition
- Googlephobia: The Series
- Google Search Won’t Return Links to cato-at-liberty.org
- PFF Database Cleared by StopBadware.org & Put Back Online
- “Cry [Censorship] and Let Slip the Dogs of [Regulation]!” – A Lesson in the Dangers of Googlephobia