Your problem is with Google, not with Android, MG.
12 January 2012
Well, this MG Siegler rant about Android makes the round, doesn’t it?
Let me emphasize that I do not think that MG Siegler is dumb or crazy. On the contrary, he knows what he is doing. The fact he used to write scripts for Hollywood before he made a career for himself in the technology news business certainly gives him an advantage when communicating a specific agenda. Whatever that may be, I do not know. But one doesn’t need to be a genius to see that he doesn’t really like Google.
Usually, I do not give a shit about those posts. Either out of arrogance or because I just got used to the kind of bickering, non-journalism that emerged out of that thing we know as techcrunch. But after reading this post about Android, I felt like I want to say something. Especially after readings this:
It’s so wonderful that the platform which helped cripple Net Neutrality and is keeping the evil carriers in control is taking off. Make no mistake: Android is now the carriers’ best friend.
Here is the thing. MG’s problem is not with Android in itself, but with Google. I can not read minds, but I’m fairly sure that he actually knows this. He decides to frame Android into this picture as if a technology can have an agenda. To that, I can only refer to an article by Vint Cerf on why access to the internet shouldn’t be a human right:
But that argument, however well meaning, misses a larger point: technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things.
Technology is neither evil, nor good. It is what we make out of it. Android is not a bad OS, because Google is making some bad decisions and collaborating with ISP’s. There are plenty reasons to critisize Android, Google’s political decisions shouldn’t be part of it. My hesitation to buy iOS devices is not rooted in the fact that it’s a bad OS – on the contrary –, but on how Apple as a company is using technology to create a very specific ecosystem.
So, if you re-post or quote MG, keep in mind: his problem is really not Android, it’s Google.