Do away with Google? Break up Facebook? We can't imagine life without them—and that's the problem.
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I thought this column was very simplistic, and I don't think its arguments are sound. It seems to all hinge on a string of apples-and-oranges comparisons that don't make sense, so it made for a very frustrating read for me. I've decided to use the Quotes section to respond to the whole article in-line. I hope you don't mind.
How hard would it be to go a week without Google? Or, to up the ante, without Facebook, Amazon, Skype, Twitter, Apple, eBay and Google? It wouldn’t be impossible, but ...
One of the more thought-provoking macro-economic stories I've read lately. Though his evidence is qualitative and primary driven by precedent, the argument works. More importantly, he's successful at making me think about these companies in a different light.
This is a strong and documented opinion piece by a Professor at Columbia Law School and well known commentator on the internet.
The argument puts the current status of the internet in perspective of the history of multiple telecommunication technology. While the tone is critical of existing actors, the conclusion is not for drastic action but rather for realism and vigilance.