August 26, 2005

Second thoughts: Google

Google has stepped up again.

Not only can you pinpoint the entire globe, encase thousands of e-mails, and search your entire computer with a Google-like search, but you can also talk.

I must echo Guardian's point: does Google have plans for world domination?

They could possibly see our homes, read our mail, search our computers, and now, listen to our conversations. Am I the only one who has issues with the potential power of this online/offline conglomerate?

Or, maybe I'm just paranoid after recently reading 1984.

-Google- may be watching you.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at August 26, 2005 10:09 AM | TrackBack
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No, ma'am, I don't like it. As an article that appeared in Wired Magazine some time ago, Google is becoming very similar to the all-encompassing department store Wal-Mart. Somebody better keep a close eye on them!

Posted by: Mike Rubino at August 26, 2005 12:59 PM

But who? The C.I.A.? The F.B.I.? And what search engine would they use to dig up dirt?

I don't know if Ask Jeeves would be up to the challenge...

What's really great is that Google News, "the baby", picks up stories about the "big brother", Google, broadcasting the good and bad--an odd sort of tattle-tailing.

I'm left asking if this is a conscious, courageous decision to display these articles that could cause backlash, or just the bots, that Google holds so dearly, doing their thing? Could some stories be stopped just because they cast Google in a negative light? If not today, then how about tomorrow?

You're right, Mike. Someone's eyes need to be fastened on Google's corporate practices.

Posted by: Amanda at August 26, 2005 4:12 PM

True statements, friends. While it's nice to see the "little guy" succeed and see a great service become popular and worthwhile, it's awful when something can become so big that it swallows itself (like you mentioned with Google News, Amanda) and so forward thinking that it scares people. Even though this is something -else- Google, I don't think it'll do half as well as AIM, iChat, and some other widely used programs.

As for the "1984" influence, Amanda? That book has a tendency to bring out the paranoid skeptic in all of us, if you ask me. (I loved that book. You should read Catch-22 and Animal Farm, too for more political-esque classic reading.)

Posted by: Karissa at August 30, 2005 1:02 PM

I read both of them. Excellent books.

1984 does have that effect, Karissa, but it's interesting to note how closely Orwell's outline is being mirrored subtly in reality.

No one really notices until it's too late to get those freedoms back.

Posted by: Amanda at August 30, 2005 3:20 PM
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