SEARCH BLOG: GOOGLE
UPDATE: Dennis Mangan is now blogging at: http://mangans.typepad.com/Now you can read the story...
mangans/Unfortunately, his many years of archived posts are not available there. I would hope that Google will reconsider the removal of his blog or, at the very minimum, provide him an xml file of his blog so that he can restore it at typepad.
Recently, I wrote a post about Costco And Al Gore in which I prefaced my remarks with: "First, I love Costco. My wife spends a fortune there. Great merchandise; great prices."
Now I'm going to preface this post with a similar remark:
First, I love Google. Google provides enormous value and utility to millions of people with their search, email, documents, websites, and blogging utilities. I use Google for all of those and Google does not charge for those utilities. Google makes it's money from advertising, so in some respect it has a model similar to newspapers for making money, but is far more extensive in its offerings. Add YouTube and telephones to the equation and Google rules the interactive world.That said, I have to say that I do have some concerns about Google... and similar service providers. The biggest concern is power over information. The "cloud" of software, document storage, email communication, website serving, and weblog hosting gives Google enormous informational power. I want to believe that Google is an ethical company and exchanges those services for the great enticement to advertisers within those services.
But there is the nagging feeling that so much information about so many people and organizations could be used in nefarious ways. Additionally, there is the concern that Google or other companies like Google could become the biasers of information... allowing only that information they deem fit for consumption into the world of information sharing.
As a blogger who often takes strong positions on many subjects, I wonder if some arbitrary decision will be made that my positions are politically objectionable to someone... someplace... so I should not be able to express those opinions through the blogging facility offered by Google. While it is their right [see here] to discontinue their service to those who they see as unfit to use their service, one must wonder... who makes such decisions? Does a complaint justify removing a blog? If so, perhaps only blogs about candy recipes are safe... until a diabetic complains.
I bring this up because Dennis Mangan's blog was recently removed by Google... at least that seems to be the case because Dennis wasn't aware of that happening for a brief while. This is a cached version of his blog for November. While he is controversial at times, he doesn't appear to arbitrarily "step over the line" He may discuss race or religion, but he appears to cite data and experts when doing so. Dennis is an extremely intelligent and contentious writer, but he allows anyone to comment on any of his posts... he uses free speech and promotes it.It will be interesting to see if Google restores Dennis' blog. I've had the experience of having my blog remain off-limits for a day because someone at Google apparently did not like one of my post titles. I wrote to Google and the next day the blog was back in operation... without any explanation.
The most reasonable explanation may be the simplest: there was a complaint, Google took down the site in response, Google will investigate, Google will restore the site when the complaint is found to be unjustified.Nevertheless, I do back up my blog now.
Google has too much to do other than nit-picking intellectually honest blogs.