Monday, June 30, 2014

Advertising policy? Or social manipulation strategy?

Courtesy of a link from Jeff Soyer, I note that Google is about to ban advertisements for various firearm-related items from its Web search engine.  They're classifying all of them as 'Dangerous Products'.  Here's a screen capture of the relevant portion of their Web page (click the image below for a larger, more readable view).

Note that all the products whose advertising they intend to ban are fully legal.  They're not being banned because of their legality, but because of Google's own philosophy, or values, or whatever you want to call it.  In doing so, they're going to affect millions of people who clearly don't share their philosophy or values - but they don't care.  They're going to impose them on us whether we like it or not.  Furthermore, it's obvious that some of the products they list aren't dangerous at all in and of themselves.  A telescopic sight is no more dangerous than an actual telescope or a pair of binoculars.  It's merely a magnifying device. 

I think this is an example of corporate social manipulation.  I suspect that the top brass at Google think that if they can reduce or limit any mention of such items, they'll slowly but surely accustom people to never thinking about them - or, if they do, thinking of them in terms of the 'Dangerous Products' heading that Google has assigned to them.  If you can manipulate people's thinking in that way, you may eventually persuade a majority of them to vote for stricter gun control - even the modification or repeal of the Second Amendment.

That's what I think is really behind this change in policy.  Am I seeing something that isn't there?  You tell me.



emdfl said...

Tell me again why anybody on our side has anything to do with any google product?
To paraphrase Khruchev, we'll buy our own rope to hang ourselves...

Kirkster said...

I already have sworn off of Google. Don't use there crappy browser, don't use their crappy stolen phone OS, don't use their mail, don't use their search engine.... I try and only use Vimeo but you tube is hard to get away from.

I don't even think about Google and their "Don't be Evil" motto since they are certainly evil...

Anonymous said...

It's just Google being evil.

Anonymous said...

I think it's about Google's fear of liability lawsuits in the event of criminal acts committed with something purchased via ads on Google.

Don in Oregon

The Old Man said...

Google is evil. That is plain and simple.

Spread the word.

Rumor has it that the signal can't be stopped. Prove it.

c w swanson said...

I use Bing for reasons just like these.

SiGraybeard said...

You will note they make no exceptions for self defense, which the laws of virtually every state, province, country and religion do.

Around the first of the year, the company I work for made a big deal that we were "Going Google". In May, they switched us from our old email system (which we need to maintain) to Gmail, added all the Google apps and Google Drive.

So now I find it harder than ever to cut the cord between them and I.

I hope they get some blistering feedback on this and drop the idea.

Anonymous said...

It's not hard to connect dots between laws like this, and intentions like this:

"What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes. ... We need to ... really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way" - Eric Holder

Kids who grow up in these schools will be just that - thoroughly brainwashed, unable to do anything but mindlessly bleat "guns are bad". Then they'll become lawmakers and voters.


Don't forget. Google helped Obama get elected, and their officers served in the Obama administration. Connections with the new policy?

Erin Palette said...

Sebastian says not to lose any sleep over it.

Peter said...

@Anonymous at 5:58 PM: That's pretty much the way I see it.

Unknown said...

They removed all gun related stuff from the "Shopping" tab almost a year ago I think. You could still search for it but if you hit shopping to get prices, locations, etc - nothing would show up.

That's when I stopped using goole search. Since then I've given up most of it, youtube is tough because that's were everyone puts stuff. Blogger is free with no ads so I haven't swapped that yet, besides they have to pay for my storage.

Not loosing sleep over it, Just don't trust that bunch of Socialist, NSA lackeys.