- Sep 13
Silicon Valley faces a dangerous political shift
We've been sounding the alarm on this for months, and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith captures it perfectly in "There's blood in the water in Silicon Valley":
Facebook should probably ease out of the business of bland background statements and awkward photo ops, and start worrying about congressional testimony. Amazon, whose market power doesn't fall into the categories envisioned by pre-internet antitrust law, is developing a bipartisan lobby that wants to break it up. Google's public affairs efforts are starting to look a bit like the oil industry's.
These are the existential collisions with political power that can shake and redefine industries and their leaders, not the nickel-and-dime regulatory games Silicon Valley has played to date.
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