mhansen - 1:51 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: mhansen at 1:53 pm (utc) on Nov 23, 2012]
I'll just say it, and open the can of worms. In the USA, it's called Corporatocracy. (Wiki link [en.wikipedia.org]) Where the big corporations, their tax revenue and their power, have a pretty big impact on the decision process of political leaders.
I really don't wear a tin-foil hat, nor am I a uber-liberal anti-capitalist. I simply accept it for what it is. But... I refuse to wear blinders and ignore that it happens like many others do.
- Google favors it's own products and advertisers. (I would too. Feed them more traffic, help them succeed, they'll have more money to feed back to me!)
- USA Gov't favors campaign contributors. (Corruption today is just buried in legalese and laws that don't impact politicians like they do you and I) If you watched the original live FTC hearing with Google in 2011, you watched Senators openly ASK (through suggestions and lobbying) Google for special treatment in their states. (which SEL wrote about here [searchengineland.com])
It is what it is...
[edited by: mhansen at 1:53 pm (utc) on Nov 23, 2012]