Is Google Evil?

In the most recent issue of Wired magazine, there is a rather lengthy article on Google and the US government’s fear of the search giant. The main question that arises is whether or not Google is Evil. Their mantra is “Don’t Be Evil,” but is the 11 year old company sticking to this slogan? I want to hear what you have to say leave your thoughts in the comments.

Seth Goldstein
Seth Goldstein is the Principal Creative Director at Goldstein Media LLC. He has been in the Web design and Internet marketing business for more than 10 years. A self-proclaimed technologist, Seth is addicted to all types of technology. He loves to help businesses of all sizes figure out the best way to use the Internet to grow their business.
Seth Goldstein
Seth Goldstein
  • carlstrohmeyer

    I have to disagree with the premise that if we quash Google, the internet will be less innovative. While this may be true, at what cost is innovation worth the way Google treats small business and the dishonest and illegal use of Adwords on plagiarized websites (such as I am constantly battling with). Google is very arrogant and will not even answer to such illegal use of this content.

    As an extreme analogy to this comment about innovation over morality, I will site WW2 Germany; many innovations came out at this time, but at what cost? Personally the evil that came out of this regime was far worse than the innovations.
    Admittedly this analogy is a bit extreme, but tell that to my family for which Google is literally taking food from their mouth and to which I have to work 16 hour days to make up for the time lost defending my articles which a source of income and a way of driving business for me.

    http://american-aquarium.blogspot.com/2009/07/g

  • carlstrohmeyer

    I have to disagree with the premise that if we quash Google, the internet will be less innovative. While this may be true, at what cost is innovation worth the way Google treats small business and the dishonest and illegal use of Adwords on plagiarized websites (such as I am constantly battling with). Google is very arrogant and will not even answer to such illegal use of this content.

    As an extreme analogy to this comment about innovation over morality, I will site WW2 Germany; many innovations came out at this time, but at what cost? Personally the evil that came out of this regime was far worse than the innovations.
    Admittedly this analogy is a bit extreme, but tell that to my family for which Google is literally taking food from their mouth and to which I have to work 16 hour days to make up for the time lost defending my articles which a source of income and a way of driving business for me.

    http://american-aquarium.blogspot.com/2009/07/g