Salon: The Google backlash. The king of search rules the Web — but now some of the natives are growing restless.
This is a healthy development. We should be skeptical, if not downright suspicious, of dominant entities in any field.
I’m suspicious of Big Government, Big Business, Big Labor, Big Media, Big Everything. Competition for customers and ideas is better than an overwhelming advantage for one player, an oligopoly or a cartel.
I don’t think Google is abusing its position, though it sometimes acts in secretive ways that seem unnecessary. But it has become so dominant that it bears close observation.