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Friday, 19 January 2018
In the age of globalism and the “anywhere” millennials, companies are the new nations. Their revenue dwarfs the GDP of mid-size countries, exercise geopolitical power and command loyalty that, among some staff and devotees, is more powerful than patriotism.
So it is no surprise that independent and critical minds are also judging these companies by the standards expected of responsible nations.
Writer Robert Tracinski this week published a swipe at Google becoming a “police state” that targets its “ideological enemies”. It is sparked by a lawsuit by former employee James Damore (pictured) claiming discrimination and a culture of “political conformity”.
The piece is published in the Federalist, which itself has been targeted by Google, so understandably Tracinski focuses on the monolithic search engine and data miner. But he could just as easily have targeted Twitter, which this week was revealed to be staffed by people who stockpile deleted messages and offer to help outside agencies discredit the people they oppose. People like Donald Trump, for example.
Tracinski’s conclusion warrants reading. These hubristic media giants might seem formidable and beyond the censure of conventional law enforcement agencies, but there is one force that they cannot control. Read his optimistic prediction here.