Google/You Tube: The New Virtual Fascist Political/Economic Power!
Last night, I had dinner with two young military friends of mine who had just returned from a tour of duty in Africa. They shouldn’t have been there in the first place but that is a topic for another time. One of the two turned toward me and asked me this simple question:
“You are in a ton of You Tube videos. How much money do you make for them from?”
I answered, “Nothing! Nada, Zippo!”
“Why?” he asked.
“Because Google/You Tube arbitrarily decided that I am a political website deserving of no advertising reimbursement for my efforts.” BTW, it cost me somewhere around four hundred dollars per video just to have the ‘honor’ of using You Tube.
It then dawned on me that ten years ago Google had restricted the amount of money that I could earn selling product on the internet when I had lived in Bozeman, Montana. At that time, they claimed that my products which involved some very sophisticated biochemistry were “too commercial”. I had to provide “more instructive/educational content”.
I had hired a so-called expert on Search Engine Optimization [SEO] for $6,000 per month. After a short time, I realized that Google was playing fast-and-foot loose. I reported their activity to several federal agencies which did nothing. I warned that Google was ‘restricting free trade’. Eventually they tempered their outlandish behavior.
Some additional background, it turned out that I was at Stanford University in 1998 about the same time…Read More