Is there such a thing as too brilliant, too successful? Among individuals, being an outlier can come with its personal costs.
In the corporate-democratic world, the problem is somewhat different; the costs are likely to be born by consumer/citizens. Google announced today that they will soon go after Microsoft's bread and butter by introducing a free new operating system for PCs: Chrome OS.
Google is so smart and so successful that they're starting to get a little scary. It's a strange thing to so admire a company's products and at the same time be worried about their influence, but that's where many Google admirers currently find themselves. Google is famous for their corporate credo: "Don't Be Evil." But is that enough? Google's reach and power may be problematic for a number of reasons, according to media scholar and Google-watching blogger Siva Vaidhyanathan.
Here's a spirited discussion on the subject between Vaidhyanathan and Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?, courtesy of The Brian Lehrer Show: