It's the blatant hypocrisy

It's the blatant hypocrisy

Summary: John Battelle asks why Congress is holding hearings about Google's China compromise and not Yahoo! and MSN's before? I answer with a variation on an old beer-selling slogan.

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John Battelle muses about current events:

I'm still thinking about this, but this is an interesting development. Yahoo and Microsoft can go into China no problem, but once Google does, then the US Congress gets into the act

John, the answer is pretty simple, to take the old slogan of the Olympia Brewing Co. and mangle it a bit: "It's the hypocrisy and a lot more." Google set itself up for this by claiming repeatedly that it isn't evil and Congresspeople know a simple argument when they see it. The public is going to eat this up, because it is a clear-cut case of hypocritical marketing. 

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  • Hows this for a strategy

    If we are going to censor content for China, why not FALSIFY it? Give bad info to the commies! What a great OPPORTUNITY! Lets see . . . take 10000 crushed diamonds and mix with 1000 kg of caviar to make NERVE GAS! YES! Clean up your rivers by pouring in 30 million gallons of benzene! Should clean em RIGHT UP! Don't get into auto manufacturing - it doesn't make any money (see General Motors). What other information could we "provide" to these guys? >;)
    Roger Ramjet