Biggest funny though...
When Zuck was asked why Trump Jr. was blocked on Twitter.
For six hours on Wednesday, the Western world's most powerful tech CEOs – whose businesses have become household names and touch every part of our daily digital lives – were grilled by US lawmakers regarding their market dominance. The hearing was supposed to be a closing chapter in what has been a long-running probe into …
I worked for AT&T in the 80's when it was broken up into the regional USA Baby Bells. Very successful as they reaped the profits from the existing network infrastructure, but 30 years of mergers have resulted in them once again being known as AT&T. What comes around, goes around - a bit like jeans.....
At its most basic, no matter how you bust it up, network effects will recreate the monopolies. What to do to prevent that, that is the question. Eternal vigilence, except when you do that, regulatory capture rears its ugly head. Really, you'd have to shut down the revolving doors, including Congress and the Executive, and good luck with that!
On one hand Google and others are being attacked but the USA is allowing Mega Mergers to happen and then the merged company uses bribes and political pressure to get out the conditions of the merge.
AT&T definitely is doing whatever the fuck it wants, so does Comcast.
Of course nothing will happen at the congressional level none of them want to risk the donations and lobbyist dollars they get from these companies, and Republicans aren't fond of anti-trust laws to begin with. No one in congress will admit that their tendency to make policy at the behest of monied special interests is at least part of the problem, but sadly the kids run the candy shop.
They rubber stamp every merger and impose time limited conditions that do nothing long term.
The quality of journalism here is appalling. All Republican men asked stupid questions and all Democrat women asked sensible questions. Sounds very much like an opinion piece rather than unbiased journalism. Clearly this journalist should take up interior design as a career as that's what he seems to have a real interest in.
Totally happy with that, but in the reverse situation it wouldn't be mentioned. Which at least is good, because demographics are ridiculous to point out.
The problem is it's just silly pandering, because, who cares? What if all the good questions were asked by people with brown hair, over who were under 1.8m tall? What's happened to your brain that this normal logic is seen as biased? When it's the other way round?
Qarumba, I assume you are a man. Because what was said was that all the stupid questions came from men, and all the women asked sensible questions. Parties were not mentioned. So from your attention to detail and inability to restate simple facts without turning them upside down, most likely a man.
As others have noted, the cleverness divide was credited to XX Vs XY genes. But, the Congress critters affiliation was also given and the examples given also clearly show a party divide. However, if you want to make a claim for bias in the article, it would be helpful if you could provide counter examples to back up your hypothesis instead of just ranting.
Saying that, both the party and sex divide stuck out to me, too. But equally this seems to be mirrored in all reporting by "mainstream media" of what Congress does right now. Perhaps it is also representative? I'm seeing a lot of very bright, opinionated and generally decent women members of Congress calling out a lot of BS spouted by the older white males in the room who generally lean to the right. I wholeheartedly applaud then, but would also hope that the media will call them out when they do a stupid (eg when the lady hoped that DJT had learned his lesson from the impeachment trial, rather than voting to impeach)
I wonder how things might be perceived if the media stopped mention which party a politician was from, just report the place/area/state the represent? I get the impression many people in the US automatically agree or disagree with a politician they've never heard of before purely based on that D or R in front of their name/state. Of course, it'll never happen because ALL of the media, mainstream or otherwise, is skewed towards D or R themselves.
He specifically said that the people grandstanding, asking unfocused or irrelevant questions were men. He said that the women present had done their homework and stayed on topic. You didn't read the article properly and are getting cross about something that didn't happen. I call "grandstanding".
If you don't like what your representative is doing, vote them out. That's the simple correct remedy regardless of party or sex.
As for the report, perhaps you can point out specific instances of questions or participants that you think have been misrepresented?
Keeping on interrupting an answer shows that you don't give a toss about what is being said. You have already made up your mind and everything else is for a soundbite to air on the evening news in your hometown.
What a waste of time and money... apart from the money spent on lawyers and consultants. Tax deductible no doubt!
equally, the questioner has 5 minutes that is reigidly enforced. If the respondent doesn't want to answer the question and comes up with nearly 5 mins of homespun-bs, are you ok with that? Once it's clear they won't answer the question, the questioner moves on. The same interview technique happens everywhere - ask a polititian a question, that ostensibly has a yes or no answer, even allowing for a little bit of background info to clarify, and they'll invariably try to answer a different question that they're happy to answer, using the pivot technique. Why should that be given airtime?
> Why should that be given airtime?
Rule #1 for CEO's testifying live before Congress: Never answer the question.
It's given airtime because CEO's should be afforded the opportunity to answer questions. The fact that they don't is their choice.
Absent relevant input, Congress is now free to legislate any which way it wants. And that's the part that we never get to see. It involves behind-closed-doors lobbying, influence peddling and campaign financing.
The results are what we all know them to be.
How dare a Vulture big up the little ladies' brainpower and belittle the Real Men?
It hardly seems worth asking why all the CEOs were Real Men too and equally dismal in their performances?
Nor whether their fellow Real Men in Congress felt that business is business, profit is profit, who gives a shit, but here is an opportunity to make an election pitch to some of the richest men in the world; ffs I must not rock the boat?
I wonder if any/many of the congressmen/women remember Kodak.
I worked at Kodak in the UK and because we were a monopoly (and following a number of anti-trust actions in the US) Kodak were not allowed to abuse their market position.
We were told to refer to "other manufacturers" and not "competitors".
We were told to share our developments and our technology with other companies.
The "other manufacturers" in Kodaks products and services were not limited by these restrictions and competed very aggressively with Kodak - resulting in Fuji and Agfa-Gaevert beating them in film and cameras, and the eventual Kodak bankruptcy in 2012.
Beware Government breaking up some of the jewels in the US Crown!
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