Google is one of the top search engines on the internet. Millions of users worldwide use the search engine for many uses. From searching for a new dinner recipe to keeping tabs on the Kardashians, many people enjoy Google’s widespread information. Whatever your reason may be, you can always count on Google to provide you with the information you need.
But within the Google universe, could there be such thing as limited information? Are both sets of viewpoints easily accessed through the popular search engine? Could such conflicting views have an effect on not just the search engine, but the Google culture itself?
To dive into these philosophical questions, it’s time I start a story (STORY TIME!). It’s a timeless David-and-goliath-themed tale of one man standing up to a powerful search engine that’s run worldwide. This is the story of James Damore, the man who is suing Google.
James Damore was a senior software engineer for Google in Palo Alto, California. While working for Google, he took notice of their diversity programs. Some of the initiatives include women-only meeting and even mandatory sensitivity training for combatting alleged sexist bias. During his stint at Google, he conducted research that turned into a 10-page document titled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, a memo citing Damore’s firsthand experience with Google’s diversity policies.
His findings argued that men and women are biologically different, in terms of engineering work. Some of his discoveries argued that men were biologically different from women because they strive for different goals (men were interested in materialist things while women were interested in people). Another interesting statement showcased that men were more motivated to climb higher in the corporate ladder. These findings were backed by various professionals in society. They were replicated multiple times and even cited by multiple researchers as the CAUSE for the gender gap in tech (Damore was NOT making this stuff up, this was REAL findings backed by concrete evidence!).
The ending results? Google disagreed….as in, SERIOUSLY disagreed. They disagreed so hard that newly appointed VP of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance Danielle Brown posted a memo explaining that Damore’s report ‘advanced incorrect assumptions about gender’.
Things only got worse from there. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to all his employees, explaining that James Damore supposedly ‘crossed a line’ by pushing further for harmful gender stereotypes. Pichai thought that this was NOT ok. James Damore was later fired for his controversial memo.
Even though he was brilliant software engineer, James Damone was fired by one of the most well-known technological companies of America. Damore was fired simply for pointing out that these diversity initiatives were counterproductive to the ending goal. Not only did employees disagree with his statements, but he was even silenced and eventually fired from Google.
Damore’s memo blew up into a political PR nightmare. His memo was known as the ‘Anti-Diversity Manifesto’ by many news companies including, Forbes, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, Wired, The Atlantic, and many others. Many of the companies never took the time to read through the pages.
Ironically enough, Damore’s document was PRO-diversity and he brainstormed more creative ways to get more women in tech without resorting to the counterproductive discrimination. His findings would’ve done more GOOD than harm, yet he was silenced for his un-politically correct viewpoints.
Being that he was tired of being silenced and mocked, he is now suing Google. Damore is suing Google for creating this ideological echo chamber (same name as his 10-page memo) where people are protected from hearing different viewpoints from this distorted bubble of group-thinks. These group-thinks only agree on one set of viewpoints and take charge when one or more employees disagrees with the standard view. It’s this ideological echo chamber that manipulated hundreds of employees to attack James Damore because of his differentiated ideas of diversity.
This is a DANGEROUS PR nightmare that went from bad to worse in a matter of months. It’s ironic (yet scary!) when a company like Google, that hires some of the brightest and best people in the world, couldn’t even handle one well-reasoned and scientific discussion. Rather than hold a discussion about these unique ideas on diversity, they shunned him from the tribe and even went far as to terminate him.
What’s most terrifying about this PR nightmare is the censoring of IDEAS within the workplace. Differentiated ideas and viewpoints are continuously being shutdown simply because they conflict with the politically-correct viewpoints. Instead of holding mature discussions of various viewpoints, companies (and even colleges!) have been shutting down anyone who disagree with the PC atmosphere.
Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 to serve as a warning for America, not become some beautiful utopia for fan boys/girls to dream up. This futuristic dystopian world is becoming more real as time goes on. Again, this PR nightmare is DANGEROUS.
What will the future hold for James Damore? Will his voice finally be heard in the land of the free? Or will his ‘upsetting’ speech be censored by the PC Police of Google?
Time will only tell for James Damore. If we don’t solve this problem now, we could be facing much WORSE crises in PC America. James Damore is one of many whistle blowers who refuse to stay silent in this dystopian world that closely resembles Fahrenheit 451.
We must come to our senses before we start burning ‘dangerous’ literature that differentiates from our personal values. Ideas should be free of all perspectives, not just the ones that the majority agree on.
Let’s hope that James Damore’s Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber doesn’t end up being burned due to it’s ‘dangerous’ and ‘upsetting’ viewpoints about diversity.