Nick Carr’s predictions

January 3, 2006 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Taking Action | Leave a comment

Nick Carr has issued his predictions for 2006.

Among them:

“2. The culture wars slam into the internet, as a group of influential evangelicals launch a boycott of Google, demanding that it “stop distributing pornography” through its search engine.”

I think the issue is likely to be broader than distributing pornography. The biggest issue is the funding of sites promoting issues that people might disagree with. Google not only provides easy access to pornography, it actually provides a mechanism for funding it (AdSense). And, as we’ve seen, the fund a whole lot of other disagreeable stuff.

Amazon, for example, sells books on a web page that calls for and justifies suicide bombings in Israel. Paypal provides funding mechanisms for a site that attacks Islam as an evil cult. And there are hundreds of more examples.

Perhaps most dangerous is the attitude of the companies themselves to this. Despite having policies against all of this, they rarely take action. It is only a matter of time before the entire Affiliate business model is called into question as a result. I agree it may start with Evangelicals targeting pornography. But it will spread, unless the companies start taking responsibility. Customers don’t want to fund hate, terrorism, racism, homophobia. They want responsible business practices.


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