A year end invitation to discuss the global public relations attack against Google
I have no personal gripe with Google
If anything, as an intense yet only partial user of its many and increasing services, I am a satisfied consumer of Google.
This however does not necessarily imply that I am an ally.
You have surely realized over these recent weeks and months that Google is under an intense public relations attack globally driven by an explicit and implicit coalition of mainstream media and book publishers , of some of the major players of the traditional advertising industry as well as of fiscal authorities from various nation states.
In parallel, the anti-Google campaign is also indirectly fuelled by all the many luddite subjects around the world who openly or silently resist the sweeping power of the Internet in general.
Only today, Monday December 28, I read (but didn’t do a google news research..probably too much stuff..) two highly critical articles in the New York Times and the Corriere della Sera, the two most influential dailies in the Usa and Italy.
Mind you, not that the two publishers had agreed to come out the same day (we know that this happens often, but I doubt it in this case).
Yet, it is clear that all the possible arguments depicting Google from a critical perspective are circulating amongst publisher coalitions, advertising agency memoranda and in coffee shops where advocates from the first two interest groups meet legislators and fiscal experts from various countries.
So? Why should this blog care?
I submit that this is possibly one of the more interesting and articulate ‘nasty pr’ campaigns of recent history (I have decided to change the name from black to nasty since a vocal and very nice afro american student reminded me only a few days ago that by using the traditional term I was in fact encouraging an anti-afroamerican bias in the professional community…and I believe he is correct and thank him for that gentle reproach) and, as it is going on right now as we write, it is probably a good idea to invite our readers from around the world to voice their knowledge and opinions about this.