Saturday morning I spent an hour watching the Google video that Breitbart put out.
If you haven’t watched it yet it’s here
There are several things that struck me about this video:
The least important observation is that the appearance of the crowd completely confirms the stereotype that people have to tech types which by an odd coincidence is also the least surprising thing to me as a person who spent years in tech and worked with tech people worldwide.
There doesn’t seem to be any talk at all about the actual work of google which in theory is to provide an effective search engine that businesses and individuals will pay for which is supposedly their business model. However there seems to be a great deal of talk about how to influence the votes of American so they act the way the people in the room want them to act.
The level of virtue signaling within that community is completely astounding. As I watch the fellow who at the end basically reads a manifesto about his white privilege and the folks who applaud him looks and sounds like something that John Cleese and Graham Chapman might have written for a Monty Python sketch.
In taking questions from employees about moving to Canada and the prospect of a third world war seriously Google management shows that expertise, even great genius level expertise in a particular field does not convey or imply expertise in other fields or even sense or sanity in everyday life.
For a group of people who are supposedly engineers and thus rooted in facts and data, they don’t seem to be big on objective reality when looking at the world.
The knowledge and revelation that Google has been financing and even providing incentives to employees to give donations to groups that are diametrically opposed to me, my beliefs and my faith should be a great incentive to folks like me to avoid its use and not reward companies that provide it with revenue.
The only thing more incredible than the left of virtue signaling is the complete lack of self-awareness around the group, particularly when someone asks about how they can affect information bubbles while not realizing that they are all living in one.
These are all telling things and they add up to two things that Ace of Spade’s morning rant sums up very well:
If the video were different, if it showed Google employees whooping it up and throwing MAGA hats into the air because they were so happy Trump won, you can bet that there would be many chin-stroking think pieces written about how the video calls into question Google’s objectivity. But seeing them openly weeping at Hillary’s loss apparently doesn’t raise that question. What’s really creepy is how full of themselves the Google execs are, like when Google VP Kent Walker answers a question by saying that Google must ensure that the rise of populism doesn’t turn into ‘a world war or something catastrophic’. I had no idea that the guys who run Google believe it’s their job to keep history on the correct path. I thought that their job was to provide a search engine that they claim everybody can use. Except, of course, for the Chinese, whose authorities cooked up a scheme with Google to let them see only what they allow.
Not only are these people actively actively trying to influence you and the rest of the public toward either the views they desire you to have in order to create their own version of utopia but they consider this their primary mission as a company.
As the post at Aces notes, this mission to create heaven on earth doesn’t apply to totalitarian nations willing to pay the company vast amounts of cash to make sure that their own repressed people do not have access to information that might enable them to ease said oppression.
Put simply Google’s “Do no evil” motto is as Orwellian as the messages on the barn in Animal House and is wholly subjective.
In closing I should point out there is one ironic twist which comes from an exchange at the very end of the video fueled by the very last question asked by a man in a beanie with a propeller on his head:
Is there anything positive you see from this election result? (the audience laughs)
After one of the folks on stage notes Trump’s desire to improve infrastructure another gives an interesting answer which concludes.
…national government been very gridlocked you have a situation you;re aware of perhaps the republicans have a lot of control over what happens and responsibility for that…
He’s very right about that so when you look at the booming stock market, a surging economy, manufacturing returning, a strong foreign policy, ISIS in retreat and the best job market in history for blacks and Hispanics, every person in that room, particularly those who hold google stock and have seen it’s value rise over 46% since inauguration day ($806.91 to $1172.53 Friday from $806.91) can thank the Republicans in congress, Donald Trump in the White House and every person who voted to put them there (no matter what Obama says)
On behalf of all of them: You’re welcome.
Hmm that sounds good I wounder if someone would make it into a meme for me it I send it out of Gab? Paging Hogewash
— (((WJJ Hoge))) (@wjjhoge) September 15, 2018
That’s pretty good but all it needs is an ending
“Oh, shut up!”
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