Today’s Prospect Magazine has an impassioned (though at times conflicted) assessment of Google by Jonathan Rée as the tool of American imperialism, which must be resisted on principle.
The author marvels over the Google Books engine – and its ability to help him browse through Hazlitt, in the NYPL collection. Then he stops himself:
Thank God for Google, I said to myself. But I nearly choked on the words: in the company I keep, praising Google would be on a par with shopping at Tesco, eating in McDonald’s or speaking up for the political astuteness of George W Bush.
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