backdraft7 - 5:25 pm on Dec 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
Ryan - didn't you take Roberts comment a bit out of context? you forget the "more specifically" part.
Your "perspective" is quite naive if you think the "near economic collapse of a first world nation" is not affected in part by the health of it's small businesses. Small business is seemingly choked by the technology that should promote it, hence preventing them from becoming BIG business.
What appears to be happening today is that G and other forces seem to play preference to larger companies, who in turn become larger, more greedy which is progressively stratifying the classes. In other words, the rich get richer, the middle class and poor get poorer. Sorry if this is wandering off topic, but the point is that G (and it's willy-nilly changes) certainly do affect the global economy (along with other factors of course).
Why has this happened? Simply because the wild west market of the internet has allowed unscrupulous players in, who then try to black-hat their way to the top. It's the "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch" story. All forcing the algo updates we see that are intended improve the quality of the serps, yet can have disastrous effects on legitimate small businesses. It's like trying to exterminate mosquitoes with hand grenades, it causes a lot of collateral damage.
So in the end, G generally equates small with scammy...and the intended fix is not always accurate and the result can be very harmful to small business. This adversely affects the economy, does it not?
The above is simply my opinion. Not speculation. My apologies if this seem off topic.