View Full Version : The Six Delusions Of Google's Arrogant Leaders

03-13-2010, 08:50 PM
Google's CEO went to Abu Dhabi this week and preached. He sermonized about Google's exceptional virtue its indifference to profit and supreme trustworthiness. His speech should have been shocking. Except that delusional self-righteousness is now routine at Google.

Eric Schmidt's comments at the Abu Dhabi "media summit" certainly sound especially cocky even considering the Google CEO's past haughty pronouncements. Schmidt, Fortune reports, implied Google is more trustworthy than any government on the planet after he was was asked asked about the company's worrisome stash of private data on its users, Schmidt :

Delusion 1: It's not about the money
Delusion 2: Google's wealth means Google "gets it"
Delusion 3: Google must sacrifice user privacy to grow
Delusion 4: Users are hungry for Google synergy
Delusion 5: Google is a worker's utopia
Delusion 6: The outraged users are confused

"All this information that you have about us... Does that scare everyone in this room?" The questioner asked... "Would you prefer someone else?" Schmidt shot back... "Is there a government that you would prefer to be in charge of this?"

Schmidt also said Google has been known to curb its own creepy impulses:

"There are many, many things that Google could do, that we chose not to do... One day we had a conversation where we figured we could just try to predict the stock market. And then we decided it was illegal. So we stopped doing that."

Fortune wonders if Schmidt's comments are a sign of "a dangerous culture of self-righteousness." They are.

But the CEO's remarks are just the latest in a series of prominent self-righteous statements from Googlers. There have been plenty of similar cases just in the past couple of months alone. It's worth cataloging them, given Google's deep relationship with its millions of users, and given that the Mountain View internet company doesn't seem to be getting any more humble.

Delusion 1: It's not about the money

In Abu Dhabi, speaking to a diverse international audience, Schmidt said Google "sees itself really differently from other companies" because "we see ourselves as a company with a mission about information and not a mission about revenue or profits."

Here's what Schmidt said to a different crowd, of Wall Street analysts, in an October conference call: "We love cash." That's the full sentence he uttered. He had nothing to say on the call about Google's noble information "mission.

Come on, St. Eric: Google did not make $15 billion in profits over the past year on accident. The company exists to make money for its investors and executives. Period. And that's not something you'd have to apologize for if you'd drop the old saw about how Google is too virtuous to chase money and how it really just wants to make us all smarter.

Delusion 2: Google's wealth means Google "gets it"

Above is an extraordinary clip of Matt Cutts, a search engineer and defacto spokesman for Google. Asked on the podcast This Week in Google to address the disturbing privacy lapses in Google Buzz, which exposed one user's location to her abusive ex, and to address Schmidt's ham-fisted response, Cutts says he believes in Schmidt's handling of Buzz and "a lot of stuff" because Google's stock price is no longer "very very low" and thus the CEO "absolutely does get it.

03-14-2010, 03:07 AM
the picture in the article makes him look like he's constipated, he's got that "I'm so full of shit" smile on his face

03-14-2010, 10:09 AM
I deeply dislike google beyond a few select uses. Way too invasive. I do use the google LITE toolbar for firefox since it has all the useful features of the google bar that I like - without all of the tracking and monitoring tidbits - AND using NoScript - I get to thwart google that way - AND using Adblock - I never EVER have to see their adds :cool: