Not enough people are saying it, so I will: the 60 Minutes segment on Google Sunday night was an embarassingly sloppy wet kiss from CBS to Sergey, Larry, et al. Apart from the comments by John Battelle — edited down to the three cliched horsemen of Expensive Stock, Microsoft is Coming, and Google’s Results Aren’t Perfect — the show was all happy-Google-talk, all the time.
While Google is a fine company, and arguably more important than Microsoft these days, a little perspective would have helped. How about some of the following:
- Google’s workaholic youth-centric culture. One former employee described the place as a lost reel from “Logan’s Run”
- The risks to the Internet from a search monoculture
- Google’s high-handed attitude toward investors
- The utter unscalability of a company that has two founders playing a big part in picayune decisions
- The kind of bizarro organizational culture that results from hiring decisions based on IQ tests
Feel free to add more.