Aug/07
2017

Echo Chamber Execution

Guy thought: "Hey, it's Google, they won't boot me for posting my mind." Then guess what happened next?

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm.

Entitled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, the paper argued that "the abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”. (BBC)

So you work, pardon me, USED to work, at Google. It's a hip, hop, happening place. Yeah it's a grind but you go in, do your four, five years, make your mark and your money and off you go into corporate lala land to coast through the rest of your career. Most people who I've heard work at Google seem to say this is the way it should work. It's hard, you sweat, but you're empowered. In this case maybe a bit TOO empowered.

Chances are Mr. Misogynist could have posted this and gotten away with maybe some nasty looks and never another date from a female coworker (assuming, possibly incorrectly, that said author is not a Member of the Club, but he probably wasn't because non-cis tend to be more sensitive about how others might interpret gender-bashing statements.)

But instead the story blew up. Suddenly, even though Google did NOT write or encourage such a post they were the ones paying the person who did write it. Aaaaand just as suddenly it WAS their problem. Google was showing up in association with a post saying "women can't code, aren't technical and why try to balance the scales?" Also there's the part where women make better employees for other stuff. Lame stuff. Like with pillows, candles and kittens or something.

So, to make their position eminently clear, after saying this DIDN'T represent their views and whatnot they shitcanned his ass. On the one hand sure, the guy was just expressing his particular viewpoint. Maybe he could also have mentioned he voted for tRump. Maybe he could have said he doesn't think Native Americans were mistreated or that the KKK is just "celebrating white people". All or none of those things could have gotten him canned. But, what did get him canned was a) his lack of self preservation for airing his personal views and b) having the bad luck to get his personal views elevated to prime time.

In essence, he didn't keep his stupid yap shut and damaged the perception of the company that supported him.

I'm sure, however, that he'll find a home. There's lots of conservtards out there (Faux being a prime example) with big organizations who would LOVE to hear about how Google mistreated him just for speaking his mind and also any dirt they could find about Google. It will be interesting to see how far this guy's lack of self preservation takes him.

One thing for sure, it won't take him to a new job in California probably, but I hear Texas has some growth in development. And Utah too.

The author wrote: "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism."

Sure I'll buy that. But I guess the data shows that we don't need to assume that people who open their big mouth won't be putting their big foot in it either. That's been proven.

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