January 29, 2006

Internet Wall of Shame Update: Google Developments

Filed under: Corporate Outrage,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:07 pm

It has been five days since Google’s announcement about how it would (mis)handle its China search engine service.

There has been more reaction than anyone could hope to chronicle. Here are some of the high (and low) points:

  • A number of sites are refusing to run Google ads, among them Blogger News Network, Texas Roast (who said so in a note to Instapundit), and Pamela at Atlas Shrugs, as written up in The Boston Globe (also more on her below).
  • An open letter to Google blog has been set up, asking that it not censor search-engine results in China, or anywhere else in the world. It has 271 (now 272) comments.
  • Rebecca MacKinnon at RConversation has post upon post upon post upon post, with links to what users are experiencing as Google implements its China plan and to other comments and articles. I hope she keeps it going next week.
  • Roger Simon thinks there should be a stock divestment campaign. Divestment campaign or not, the stock bears watching, because one of its underpinnings, the unimpeded free flow of information, has been knocked out from under it. Stocks that trade at Price/Earnings Ratios of 96, which is where Google stands as of Friday, are vulnerable to any influence that would indicate that the fast growth track that “justifies” the P/E ratio is being disrupted. It may not take as many people refusing to run Google ads or as much of a reduction in the clickthrough rate as you might think to create that disruption.
  • In the middle of this post, Atlas Shrugs notes that Google’s decision is part of a pattern of terrorist-enabling and China-coddling.
  • You didn’t expect religion to get a free pass, did you? From Junkyard Dog (HT Michelle Malkin) — “Google Airbrushes Christ from the Internet”
  • The artwork in response to Google’s decision has been ubiquitous. Here’s my fave (excuse the rough edges, it was part of a bigger graphic):




  1. How do I know they aren’t already filtering my US searches anyway? The BRAND guaranteed otherwise, but if that’s a lie…

    Google should offer exactly the same search results to every user as it does to the lowest common denominator. We’ll see how that sells.

    Comment by Hershblogger — January 29, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  2. #1, I would think we’d know about that already (someone doing a search on one’s self or business, or organization and finding nothing, would be a red flag).

    If by your 2nd para Google should have parallel levels of censorship everywhere, the reaction to THAT would be entertaining.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 29, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  3. For more on Google see:


    For how to use Google anonomously see:


    For an excellent alternative to Google use:


    Comment by max — January 29, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

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