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.