In Google’s Bad Books

In this week’s Takimag, a bookseller friend of the skeptical doctor experiences online censorship courtesy of the ghastly Google leviathan.

As is so often the way with impersonal messages emanating from giant and dictatorial bureaucracies, the words used have connotation but no denotation, that is to say no meaning can actually be pinned on them, though they have a penumbra of emotional blackmail: Those who criticize or otherwise annoy us are ill persons, being opposed by definition to the “best user experience.”

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