There was a time not long ago when it was easy to believe that Google was a different kind of company -- one that considered the public good as well as the bottom line in making decisions. My, how a week changes things.
As a strong defender of the 1st Amendment, suggestions of censorship make me somewhat uneasy. In this light, the call from ColorOfChange.org to use social media as a new media vs. old style, race-baiting media retaliatory tool makes perfect sense.
The hateful acts that occurred at the tea party rally in Washington this weekend were not isolated incidents -- they are part of a growing pattern of violent rhetoric, racially charged imagery, and paranoid conspiracy theories emerging from the Republican party's grassroots supporters.
Yesterday, for the fifth day in a row, the UK broadcast of Glenn Beck's TV show was forced to run without any advertisements. This is thanks to efforts pressuring companies advertising during the program.
Before we contacted the Harlem Gospel Choir about Glenn Beck, they didn't know much about him. After learning more about his history of race-baiting, the choir quickly canceled their appearance with him.