A lot of people in the music industry talk about Google as evil. I don’t think they are evil. I think they, like other tech companies, are just idealistic in a way that works best for them. I think this because I used to be one of them. The people who work at Google, Facebook, etc can’t imagine how everything they make is not, like, totally awesome. If it’s not awesome for you it’s because you just don’t understand it yet and you’ll come around. They can’t imagine scenarios outside their reality and that is how they inadvertently unleash things like the algorithmic cruelty of Facebook’s yearly review (which showed me a picture I had posted after a doctor told me my husband had 6-8 weeks to live).
–Zoë Keating on the paucity of the Silicon Valley imagination.
Google, Amazon, music, publishing. You get the idea.
Keating’s full post is interesting in how it talks about the way Google’s ContentID works, too. Exclusive take-it-or-leave-it “contracts” included.