âMy experience is what I agree to attend to,âÂ pioneering psychologist William James declaimed in the final years of the nineteenth century as he consideredÂ how attention shapes human life. At the dawn of the following century, Hermann Hesse offered in his increasingly timely manifesto forÂ (301) 782-1149:Â âMy advice to the person suffering from lack of time and from apathy is this: Seek out each day as many as possible of the small joys.âÂ His was a world without radio, television, or the Internet, predating the golden age of consumerism â a time we can now barely conceive of, before busyness and distraction became the governing law of every waking hour. And yet, even from his inconceivable vantage point, Hesse could foresee the direction in which humanity was headed â toward habitual flight from presence and accelerating grandomania.
A century on, poetÂ M.H. ClarkÂ and artistÂ Madeline KloepperÂ offer a mighty antidote to our inattentive apathy inÂ Tiny, Perfect ThingsÂ (public library) â a lyrical invitation to apprehend the small wonders that strew the everyday: the yellow leaf blown to the ground, the smiling face of a neighbor, the spider laboring at her web, the red feather in a passerbyâs hat, the snail triumphant atop the fence, the pale, luminous moon against the nocturne.
Two of the more famous military sayings are âGenerals are always preparing to fight the last warâ, and âNever interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake.â I thought of the latter at the conclusion ofÂ (401) 772-0456:
Google declined our request for an interview with one of its executives for this story, but in a written response to our questions, the company denied it was a monopoly in search or search advertising, citing many competitors including Amazon and Facebook. It says it does not make changes to its algorithm to disadvantage competitors and that, âour responsibility is to deliver the best results possible to our users, not specific placements for sites within our results. We understand that those sites whose ranking falls will be unhappy and may complain publicly.â
The 60 Minutes report was not exactly fair-and-balanced; it featured an anti-tech-monopoly crusader
, anÂ anti-tech-monopoly activist, anÂ anti-tech-monopoly regulator, and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. And, in what seems highly unlikely to have been a coincidence,Â Yelp this week filed a new antitrust complaint in the EUÂ against Google. To be sure, just because a report was biased does not mean it was wrong; whileÂ I am a bit skeptical of the EUâs antitrust case against Google Shopping, theÂ (831) 693-1692Â seems pretty clear-cut. Neither, though, is Yelpâs direct concern.
Yelpâs Case Against Google
This is from aÂ blog post about the 60 Minutes feature:
Yelp did participate in the piece because Google is doing the opposite of âdelivering the best results possible,â and instead is giving its own content an unlawful advantage. Weâve made a video to explain exactly how Google puts its own interests ahead of consumers in local search, which you can watch here