Sunday, February 7, 2010

Episode 21 - When the Red Red Robin Comes Goo Goo Googling Along

The whole Google vs. China in an out and out war of err, something or other inspired this episode. I made the point that this was Google, in essence, acting like a state level actor and this seemed somewhat novel. Well, both Ken and Robin pointed out that say the British East India Company and the Hudson Bay Company were in essence states within states, even having their own armed forces. I said this was different because Google does not have a royal charter or anything.

This of course lead us into a discussion of Corporatism, which is in a way a lot like medieval guilds, and well, a lot like the fascism of Italy or Portugal.

Corporations taking over the world eh, how about Rollerball!

Robin also gave us his most recent views on google wave and I talked about my most recent appearances on Fourcast with Tom Merritt and Scott Johnson.

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Jeff Stevens said...

I wanted to like it, but the "sharing a mic" using a room or laptop integrated or passed around microphone thing is a dealbreaker for me, sorry. :(

In this age of podcasting, people really need to use headset mics or it just sounds...bad.

Dave Brodbeck said...

Krash, we use a Zoom H2. I will do what i can next episode.

Unknown said...

sorry thought that was Krash, he comments here a lot. OK, as said, we will do what we can next ep, promise.

Rebecca said...

The sound on this one was better than in 20. Still, I can't wait to see Robin and ask him about shwarma :)

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Rachel said...

I was indeed sitting screaming "JOHN HOUSEMAN"!

The East India Company managed to make Great Britain fight the Opium wars to further their mercantile interests in China. I'd say that that's a little more influential than getting Hillary to shake her finger at them.

Unknown said...

Funny I did not put the opium wars thing together as I teach about that....