Google is very useful for a lot of things. It’s earned its place as the leading search engine. I personally use YouTube a lot to enjoy cool video clips. But it’s worrisome to see Google trying to take over everything they can get their hands on. Some months back, Eric Schmidt said that his company was trying to toe up to the “creepy line” with how much it does for you. Well, it looks like they’re at it again, and as usual people don’t like it.
Google’s trying to break into TV, running it through the Internet. In itself, that’s not necessarily all that bad – or even particularly original. In the long term, it’s actually probably a good idea because of how streamline the technology is inevitably going to make life. The problem is that, once again, Google’s trying to do everything.
The company’s gotten very good at making people nervous that it’s going to take over every aspect of their lives, even taking a bath! Everybody’s heard about the Street Level program effectively spying on people even in their most private moments. So, it’s perfectly understandable that we shouldn’t want the same company having a foothold in every part of our lives.
But now we’re supposed to be happy that they’re offering us our television programming online? Something they need to consider is that, with all the things they’re trying to get a foothold in, it sure looks like Google is trying to build up some kind of a monopoly – something that’s proven to paint a bull’s-eye on any company for a long time now.
I’ve said many times that I like Google as a general rule. But I really don’t like it that they’re trying to muscle in on so many parts of our lives. It’s like they’re trying to achieve something out of a bad sci-fi story. Is there a limit to where they’re going to spread, or is it a Google world after all?