Monday, October 26, 2009

Rose and Gold Colored Glasses

In "Obama & Google (a love story)," Fortune magazine points to the irony of America's anti-corporate crusader treating a search engine and data services monopoly based on the promise of cloud computing and the semantic web as an exception to his Main Street not Wall Street rule.

Indeed, two of Obama's economic tenets -- support for more U.S.-educated engineers and the expansion of Internet services to poor and rural areas -- grew out of a visit to Google headquarters in 2004, an encounter Obama recalls in his book "The Audacity of Hope."

Of course, some might argue that in our technophilic society expressing affection for icons of computer-based technology represents a rhetoric that also solidifies his nerd credibility and his masculine ethos as a tech-savvy Chief Executive.

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