A brief summary of what this is all about, with every effort made not to sensationalize or politicize it: An employee at Google wrote a manifesto of sorts about gender differences and political correctness at Google; this angered several Google employees and people in the general sphere of tech; the employee was then fired. These are the bare facts, and the issue has a ton of hot-button emotion from all sides.
First, let me state the obvious: I do not work for Google and have zero desire to work for Google. It’s not my bag; they develop some interesting products but not stuff I want to work on.
Second, obviously, Google has the right to hire or fire whoever they want. I make no argument to the contrary.
Google had every right to fire the author of the manifesto regardless of what it said. Their ability to hire and fire is not dictated by the right to free speech. The critics of Google also have every right to criticize Google for any decision the company makes. Critics can also attack those calling for the removal of “problematic” view points. Nothing illegal is going on in the realm of complaining about the actions, thoughts, or beliefs of others. Everyone should be able to agree on that.
Google probably didn’t have much choice but to fire the guy once they found out who he was. The shrieking from those offended was too great, and the culture of un-personing those who offend has taken over a lot of tech institutions. They had to do it, else a wildfire would have swept up the executives as well. It may yet still; once the political correctness mob tastes blood, it becomes bloodthirsty for quite some time.
To me, the greatest and most frightening aspect of it all are the people out there proposing blacklists. “We won’t work with you.” “We won’t let you work anywhere in tech.” Just over beliefs. That’s legal, I suppose, but it’s pretty freaking rotten. The culture of shunning people for their moral failings is something we’re all supposed to have moved on from. I suppose the next step will be to force those they decide are guilty of wrongthink to wear a scarlet “W” or something.
Yeah, the idea of these lists is at best icky, even if it’s legal.
Further, anyone who needed to take a day off work over the manifesto probably needs to be evaluated for severe mental illness. What kind of weak-willed person has to avoid work over the words of someone they likely don’t even know? I cannot imagine words powerful enough to make me need time off. What a bunch of babies. Maybe we need a weakling blacklist.
Another aspect: the social media profiles of several Google employees complaining apparently contain support of violent, fascist (even if they claim to be “anti-fascist”) groups. People calling for violence over speech. People calling for violence over political views. Support of actual violence. Perhaps we need a moral outrage about that next. Perhaps, and this is just an idea, a lot of people should boycott Google until it fires everyone who supports physically assaulting people for thinking the wrong thoughts.
That’s just an idea, though.
In fact, I’m going to migrate away from Google as much as I can stand until a time in which they do not employ freedom hating narcissists. Good luck, GOOG!