Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leaving China, my view on Google's recent statement

A recent breaking news on Internet is Google's new approach to China. I admire this decision and the courage of rejecting the temptation of the growing Chinese market. Google determines to stand "on the right side of history", as Rebecca MacKinnon said.

Through Golden Shield Project (GST) China has built a digital Berlin Wall that intends to separate Chinese people from the rest of the world. While the physical Berlin Wall limited the freedom of physical bodies, the digital Berlin Wall prohibits the freedom of mind. What GST truly blocks is indeed not information, but the ability of free thinking. Because of the digital Berlin Wall, the Chinese young generation has become more and more arrogant and blind in recognizing the truth in the world. They are brainwashed not only by the filtered information but also, and more importantly, by the thinking behind which information to be filtered. Enough is enough. Google finally stood up and declared "no more". No matter of the real intuition beneath, the action itself makes Google stand "on the right side of history" because truth can never be defeated.

I must pay my deep respect to Sergey Brin and Larry Page. They show us why Google can become such a great company in human history. There is something that is greater than money and any "strategy"---the loyalty to the truth.

9 comments:

ming said...

"I must pay my deep respect to Sergey Brin and Larry Page. They show us why Google can become such a great company in human history. There is something that is greater than money and any "strategy"---the loyalty to the truth."

Not so. If they were as respectable as you thought, there would have been no google.cn.

The key is to make it a big deal in the world, and then get an edge on the negotiation table. The only problem is there is no negotiation...

Yihong Ding said...

Ming,

If both you and me know that there is no negotiation, there is no reason Brin and Page did not know. They are certainly smarter and more knowledgeable than the majority of us. So the statement could hardly be a strategy but simply a claim.

On the other hand, about the birth of google.cn, it is too tough to ask one to reject a temptation totally. For most of us, if we are just able to regret and undo the mistake, this is probably already too hard to do.

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