I’m obsessed with Podcasts, especially news podcasts. Here’s what I listen to
- The Economist
- Planet Money (NPR)
- WallStreet Journal
- This American Life (arguably news….)
- Bloomberg Radio
One thing I’ve noticed….people tend to hate Giant Traditional Corporations like WalMart and Exxon but give a lot of Tech Giants a pass. Whenever you hear about Google, it’s about how their automated cars are performing or their landmark acquisitions (or court cases against x other Tech Giant). It’s never about how they’re doing some horrible things to governments/environments/etc. Same with Dell, HP, and Apple (although thankfully Apple is getting noticed on their complicity with Foxconn on horrible treatment of Chinese Factory workers…)
The Tech Giants are just as powerful as JP Morgan Chase, just as global as BP, and have just as deep of footprint into the overall corruption as Rio Tinto.
The political process is no exception. We beat SOPA only to have it side-loaded into the follow-up bill, thanks to Tech Giants. Non hears about it because they just have a lot better PR, evidently. Microsoft, traditionally left-ish in its political givings, is now counter-weighted with Google’s GOP-friendly sponsorship. Neither corporation is really Liberal nor Conservative – they just have agendas to fight each other so they picked opposing teams at Capitol Hill. And then co-sponsor the election debates. That’s how legislation works.
If you’re reading this blog, then you know D&T goes by the motto Do Good, Be Good. Let’s do something about this variety of wrong-ness. I recommend joining the cause RootStrikers to help combat some of the Tech Giants, which do just as much good/harm/neither as any other company their size. Or go do some other random act that puts some dent in the machine. I hate just whining and not having a solution of one sort