This entire imbroglio is funny as hell. Count me as an enemy of Google henceforth, although I have become more-and-more disillusioned with the company primarily because of its highly politicized and odiously Politically Correct art and visual imagery more generally. Google is a nest of Cultural Marxists and the place is due for wholesale house cleaning, kicking out everyone responsible for what Google has become compared to what it once was. Upper management doesn't know what in hell it is doing. As bad as AOL is, which is very bad, Google has the distinction of being even worse. What is good about Google, like what is good about AOL, is the result of legacy features it still offers customers. Google needs a major disaster like the current controversy may well turn out to be, so that it becomes necessary for the company to restructure its entire corporate culture. Google can go to hell as far as I am concerned and, it now seems clear, this sentiment is widely shared by multitudes in the cyber community. Billy Considering this meek and mild but fairly objective article for deletion??? WTH? Google memo >From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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"Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" was an internal memo written in August 2017 by American-based _Google_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google) engineer James Damore on the company's ideological _stance toward diversity_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workplace_diversity) . The memo focused on Google allegedly shutting down the conversation about diversity__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-1) , and suggested that _gender inequality_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_inequality) in the _technology industry_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_industry) was "in part" due to biological differences between men and women.__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-motherboard1-2) Google CEO _Sundar Pichai_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundar_Pichai) responded by saying that the memo "advanc[ed] harmful gender stereotypes", and on August 7 Damore was fired for violating the company's _code of conduct_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_conduct) .__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-3) The memo and subsequent dismissal provoked a strong reaction from commentators on both sides. Initially shared on an internal_mailing list_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_mailing_list) , the paper was leaked to the public via the _Vice Media_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_Media) owned website Motherboard.tv resulting in heated controversy across social media.__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-motherboard1-2) __ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-motherboard2-4) The company has formally expressed they don't support the document and several current and former employees were highly critical of it. According to Wired, Google's internal forums showed "plenty of support" for Damore__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-Wired-5) who said he received private thanks from employees who were afraid to come forward.__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-6) __ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-nytimes-7) The memo provided an initial summary with the following points: * Google's political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety. * This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed. * The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology. * Extreme: all disparities in representation are due to oppression * Authoritarian: we should discriminate to correct for this oppression * Differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don't have 50% representation of women in tech and leadership. * Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business. Reactions Google Google's Vice President of Diversity & Governance, Danielle Brown, responded formally to the memo on August 8, 2017 and stated: "Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions. But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws".__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-motherboard2-4) Google's CEO _Sundar Pichai_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundar_Pichai) in a note to Google employees stated, "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK . . . At the same time, there are co-workers who are questioning whether they can safely express their views in the workplace (especially those with a minority viewpoint). They too feel under threat, and that is also not OK".__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-8) Damore was fired by Google on August 7__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-9) and same day he filed a complaint with _National Labor Relations Board_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Labor_Relations_Board) .__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-10) __ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-11) Others The _BBC_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC) reported conflicting scientific opinions of the memo with Geoffrey Miller, a professor in evolutionary psychology at the University of New Mexico, stating that Mr Damore got "most of the science right" and showed "pretty good judgment about what we know and what we don't know". Equally, Gina Rippon, the chair of cognitive brain imaging at Aston University in Birmingham, England, disagreed. She told the BBC: "The key thing for me is that he's got quite a lot of the science wrong.__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-12) An opinion writer, Cathy Young in _USA Today_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Today) argued that the memo "had legit points on gender" but that it probably overstates things, while Google's reaction to the memo was harmful since it "lend credence to complaints in the modern workplace, [that] men are the beleaguered sex. __ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-13) David P. Schmitt, a personality psychologist writing for _Psychology Today_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology_Today) argued both that "claiming that sex differences exist in negative emotionality is not an 'incorrect assumption about gender.' It is an empirically well-supported claim," and that equally such differences were "unlikely to be all that relevant to the Google workplace."__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-14) Several management and employment law experts noted that while Damore could challenge his firing in court, his potential case would be weak and Google would have several defensible reasons for firing him; the discriminatory content of his memo could be cited as evidence of a "hostile work environment" in sexual harassment lawsuits against Google, and that Damore would be unable to fairly assess or supervise the work of female colleagues.__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-CNBCLaw-15) In an opinion article for _The Guardian_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guardian) , science journalist _Angela Saini_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Saini) wrote that the memo reflected common misconceptions about the _biological differences between men and women_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_differences_in_humans) , and demonstrated a flawed understanding of the research it cited.__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-16) __ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-vox-17) In his _tweets_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter) _Julian Assange_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange) of _WikiLeaks_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks) said he wanted to offer Damore a job and wrote that "censorship is for losers" and "Women & men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back".__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-18) _Megan Smith_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Smith) , a former Google vice president, said Damore's views were common in Silicon Valley and "insidious".__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-nytimes-7) Christina Cauterucci of _Slate Magazine_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slate_Magazine) draws parallels of arguments from the memo with these of _men's rights activists_ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men's_rights_activist) .__ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_memo#cite_note-19) -- -- Centroids: The Center of the Radical Centrist Community <RadicalCentrism@googlegroups.com> Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/RadicalCentrism Radical Centrism website and blog: http://RadicalCentrism.org --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Centroids: The Center of the Radical Centrist Community" group. 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