Now that Breitbart is on a mission to take Google apart I may let up on it a bit. The memo culprit James Damore, a biology PhD from Harvard, has been fired. Breitbart has reached out to Google’s employees to speak out about their mistreatments. I think this could be the beginning of Google’s ending and that is ultimately a good thing.
Main competitor Microsoft (search engine behind bing and yahoo and probably the most inclusive work place in the world) does not display the same madness. The Yahoo image and video search is of a higher quality than Google’s. And what are we searching other than official websites of organisations or Wikipedia, anyway? Google’s edge is in the prettier design. All other advantages have gone for a while now.
Two decades ago people thought Microsoft is evil and invincible. Today their products are choices on a competitive market. The outrage they have caused where about technological issues that could be fixed.
What the recent development shows, however, is how much of silicon valley has become a cult. Every of their ills are commonplace at Scientology or Jehovah’s Witness churches. They are just a far more influential cult, something we have not seen in the Western World since the decline of the big churches in Europe after WWII. Maybe it is something on par with the rise of Islamism.
One nagging question remains. When will it stop? The McCarthy era was a matter of about five years. You could be an open socialist without losing your job soon after. The social justice warrior era, however, dies a slow death, a very slow death.
Part of its zombi antics may have to do with its long build-up. The McCarthy craze was a shock, strongly felt and short, a phase that set in after Hitler was defeated and the Soviets suddenly flashed their claws.
The social justice warrior disease started decades ago with good causes and ended not just as rackets but as cults. And as in any cult the victims don’t play a role to the true followers who are many.
Because it is so old and has grown out of something fairly innocent, everyone of us had been part of the cult in one way or another and I wonder if I was ever more into it than on the fringes. Alternatively, I might have been so far involved in the inner workings to get thrown out of it with a special vigor. I considered myself a feminist when nobody else did and asked for gay marriage when the Green party people were not even there yet.
Still, I don’t remember to have ever tried to silence people. I don’t remember to have ever had that blood lust for people being removed from their jobs, their families, their children and so on. At least, well, I don’t remember it.
I was indifferent, though, about the dismissal of star news anchor Eva Herman, who criticised feminism in 2006. When she had to leave, our country was still open to debates. I was okay with it because she was rich and I believed it wasn’t a big deal for her.
In one way or another we all followed the unnamed religion. So many ‘facts’ circled around unchecked that it took us a while to dismiss a significient number of them. A necessity to wake up. One will never be free of all of them.
I believe that the monster can only be killed by telling the truth and busting the lies. The character of us human beings will never change. Some will always find excuses for witchhunts. A climate of lies and fear just makes it easier for such individuals. More people must speak up. As long as only few dare the price they pay will be high. James Damore paid his price.