Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Does anyone else see the irony in this?

If anyone's heard of the Mark Jen controversy at Google, Mark Jen has left the company. For posting his various opinions about his employer on his blog, Mark was censored and the controversy may have been a primary factor in him losing his job. The second insinuation is pure speculation, but given Google's conduct in dealing with Mark Jen before, it would not be unexpected. Ironically, Mark Jen's blog, 99zeroes is on Blogger, which was acquired by Google with the hope of promoting blogging and making it a core medium for its business activities. As of this post, he last posted on January 27, but unconfirmed rumour claims that he was let go on January 28. What Google is willing to confirm is the fact that Jen no longer works at Google. But why is he no longer there? Transparency, please.

I think we as Westerners are quick to denounce the behaviour of other nations, but often forget to look at ourselves. We're just as bad in many cases. American and even Canadian foreign policy has a spotty track record in specific cases throughout history. Internally, we're not innocent either. OK, maybe what Amnesty says about us is a lot nicer than what it says about say... North Korea. But my point is that it should be a minimum standard to not have issues like those that exist in North Korea, China, Libya, or Sudan. Should we be happy and boast that we're better than those other countries? It seems to me that's like saying, "I never murdered anyone, so I'm a good person, even though I cheat every romantic interest I meet and just use them for sex and money." Uh, yeah. @@ We should not be content, but always look to reach for higher goals, exceed expectations, and have holistic standards.

So I'm an idealist. So what? Double standards suck. If we want to have standards for others, we have to be willing to meet them ourselves first.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
~Matthew 7:1-5

1 comment:

  1. From an economic perspective, yes, I agree that the CBC is in a self-made shambles and needs to update its advertising policies to accommodate a wider scope of commodities. It remains to be said, however, that CBC is still a Crown Corporation, and as such is probably obliged to uphold the cultural mandate of the Broadcasting Act more so than other stations -- in a symbolic, role model-ish fashion I suppose. One also can't forget the CRTC and the role it plays, not only in enforcing CBC broadcasting policy but of all other broadcast media in Canada. I agree that sometimes "cultural sovereignty" in Canada is often perceived and promoted as *needing* to be antithetical to US cultural products, though. (By the way, I wouldn't dare say that Adam Smith types are stupid -- obstinate, but never stupid.)

    I hadn't heard about this Mark Jen phenomenon until you blogged about it (ironically?), but for a long time I have been interested in the social trend of blogging work and labour relations. N.America especially has a unique approach to and treatment of job psychology. If I weren't already finished with Communications courses, I believe this topic would make an excellent cultural studies paper.

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