Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Apr 2012 22:22 UTC
Google Interesting, if not inherently flawed, article by Farhad Manjoo. "Honan might be right that Google has violated its own definition of evil, but doesn't it matter that every one of its rivals also routinely violates Google's definition of evil?" I say flawed, because I value promises more than anything. Google has done things recently that break their initial promise. That sucks - there's no way around it. I do love Gruber's take, though: "It's not that Google is evil. It's that they're hypocrites. That's the difference between Google and its competitors." In other words, it's perfectly fine to be an evil scumbag company, as long as you're not claiming you're not. That's a rather... Warped view on morality.
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RE[3]: Well...
by UglyKidBill on Thu 5th Apr 2012 14:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well..."
UglyKidBill
Member since:
2005-07-27

This is quite true.

Somehow people fail to understand that in a capitalist world there are no good or bad companies.

A good company is one that makes the shareholders happy, that is it.

At the end of the day what counts is the quarter report.

A company is only nice for the customers to the extent that happy customers means more money. That is all.


That is "a good company for the shareholders", but people has every right to long for companies that are also "good for Society" (or at least not bad for it).
When companies are clearly bad for society there should be a government ruling to create limits and balance.

This might be utopic nowadays, but letting our culture absorb this concept that the companies have the right to do anything they please in the name of (their) profit takes us in the wrong direction.

Obviously companies are not good or bad in the sense that they are not living, willing entities, but they are driven by good or bad people taking good or bad decisions, and those decisions include not only economic and commercial choices, but also moral and ethical ones.

Capitalism is what we as a society make it or allow it to become.

OTOH, reallity is as you describe it and we┬┤re doomed already....

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RE[4]: Well...
by moondevil on Thu 5th Apr 2012 16:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Well..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I share your view, but I fear it might not happen in our lifetime, sadly.

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