Google Documentary: Behind The Screen

Cool documentary on Google. 47 minutes long.

It starts off on quite a basic level and covers information that most Google-watchers will already know. There are interviews with Melissa Mayer and other Google people – there’s plenty of shots inside the candy-colored Googleplex. The origins of “Don’t be evil” are discussed – it was apparently a directive for a meeting.

Then the documentary starts to ask some hard questions – about the Holocaust. The documentary looks at the subjective bias of the algorithms, and the nature of truth. Privacy questions. Retaining data. The potential for the mis-use of information. “Why would someone want to make all the worlds information available?” – the inference being, I think, that underneath lies a desire for control. Is information storage and retrieval going to be a private enterprise or a public enterprise, and what are the consequences of that?

Great questions. Watching…

  1. markmark07-14-2006

    Well, Google’s stand is very apparent from its wicked intentions. Google’s sole aim is to earn revenue with relevancy lost in the graveyard..

    I have found a site that has impressed me with its motive and content. They have openly raised sword against Google. Will have to say that this is definitely a bold move

  2. King CobraKing Cobra09-01-2008

    Well certainly information storage and retrieval is a private enterprise now and will become more and more private I think.

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