Friday, January 27, 2006

Do No Very Little Evil

What a week for Google. First they decided to fight the Government to keep our porn records secret. How could they top that? How about with an agreement with China to censor google searches in the world's most populous nation! Nice move, boys. Why not castrate the very tool that could lead to the overthrow of a totalitarian state. Now, technically, they're not "doing" evil - just making the evil-doing a little easier for others. Kind of like the way Picasa helps you organize all the photos on your computer. Well, as long as the porn records are safe... and google stock stays above $400.

Speaking of porn, I had an interesting conversation the other day—we were discussing whether online porn could become the new marijuana of politics. That is, in 5 or 10 years, some sort of scandal will bring down a candidate, judge, or politician because some reporter gets a hold of their browsing history. As I mentioned last month, Robert Bork had his movie rental history pulled into the public eye - so I think it's just a matter of time. Marijuana has pretty much faded as a political hot potato, but it's hard to imagine the public getting over their leaders checking out midget sex or the ubiquitous chicks with dicks. (I was tempted... but no, I'm not gonna give you those links.)