Do US Tech Companies Have Too Much Influence?
Sunday, February 11th, 2018 | Author:

Update

There are strong biases among the Silicon Valley and Seattle companies:

“The public thinks they’re getting an objective look, not so much that Google is picking and choosing and hiding and deleting anyone who disagrees with their point of view.  This is far from the first time Google — and Silicon Valley in general — has shown anti-conservative bias.”

 

You know that the notion of breaking-up the major tech companies is gaining momentum when even Esquire claims that it makes sense:

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age. The only logical conclusion? We must bust up big tech.

Note: I tend to include Microsoft, which owns Bing, LinkedIn, and Cortana in that ‘Group of Five’ super-dominating tech companies.

One may ask, what influence do these major tech companies really wield?  Well, one example is Google’s YouTube, which has become the de facto standard video source on the Internet.  As a result, the owner/moderator of this video sharing site has  tremendous power and influence.  The video below (ironically, a YouTube link) provides a real-life example of what is starting to happen with Google’s politicized censorship.

What happens when Google doesn’t like your political position on common issues.  Take a look at this video:

Of course, it’s not just Google.  There are also strong cases against Amazon and Mr. Bezos’ purchase of a major player in the mainstream media:

In the background, but very much part of the conversation, is Amazon’s engorgement on the  The Washington Post company, a once-honored (Watergate!) news organization that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos essentially bought for parts — the main part being the still-influential newspaper in the Imperial City of Washington, D.C. This isn’t so much of a financial investment as a form of protection money — although  Bezos had the chutzpah recently to whine about the deleterious effect of Google and Facebook on print’s advertising base, and to make a pitch to the U.S. government for anti-trust protection.

 

February 5, 2018

How are the US technology companies working with the politicians in Washington:

In 2017 Google outdid itself (and all other companies) in its efforts to influence Washington, spending more on lobbying than any other company that year.

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When a government has a lot of money and power, individuals, businesses and interest groups will expend their money and effort to get a piece of it — or simply to be left in peace. 

Source: Big business and the thin line between lobbying and corruption

 

February 4, 2018

If you want to ponder some business and political fireworks that are likely in our country’s future, then take a look at the major US-based technology companies: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft.  These five behemoths have tremendous influence over our daily lives.

Each of these companies embraces the notion of centralized control being good — i.e., the success of their business is inherently based on the idea that you give up some of your privacy to them for the promise of a better life.  Since this is very compatible with many of the tenets of Progressivism, all of these companies tend to be supportive of a growing administrative state…

Is the momentum of these business giants along with the influence of the large government supporters too much to overcome;  Or are major anti-trust suits (similar to those against IBM and AT&T) in our future?

Essentially, the former corporate darlings of America are now the punching bag. Yet, there haven’t been many suggestions of what should be done to bring these companies down a peg, besides some ambiguous calls to enforce antitrust rules on the books.

Source: How The Left Views Silicon Valley, Amazon

Category: Business, Politics