“Can we get real here, please?”
Yes, let’s. Let’s start with the fact that this is written with so many buzzwords and so much florid, thickly-written combinations of trendy sound bytes that I really did not understand much of what you were trying to convey here. I’m not sure what choir you hope to be preaching at, but I’d suggest breaking a lot of this down so that it’s a bit more understandable to those of us outside your professional circle.
Now, as to what I *was* able to glean…
Let’s start with HuffPo. To begin, the photo is more than a bit disingenuous, sorry. It no more represents the HuffPo staff than I would in a selfie. They’ve brought in a dazzling array of writers, from every stripe. The problem with HuffPo is that it’s become essentially a click bait website — and that’s not because of the staff but orders from the parent company. The articles have become more sensationalistic, more purple, more extreme — and for no real purpose other than to get eyeballs and ad clicks. The desperation for attention permeates almost every page, from their lack of any real depth when covering complex political issues to their bizarre fascination with the Kardashians: I fully expect to see an article in the coming days with the headline “GOP passes terrible tax bill; Kim Kardashian publishes selfie as protest”. Right now, there is so little genuinely original content on that site that itt’s almost sad: it really has no reason to exist save as a platform for advertisers still looking to attract that Brooklyn-hipster market share.
Google? We all seem to forget that Google’s infrastructure needs have been growing by leaps and bounds, just like Yahoo’s and Apple’s “cloud” and any other large informationally-based company. If they want to manage their carbon footprint without sacrificing a quality experience, then purchasing is one way to do it. You cant just look at one company’s carbon footprint and suddenly decry the end times. You have to look at the overall picture and see how the national footprint is moving, while making allowances for those, like Google, whose print will be larger just because of the nature of the service they provide. This is not giving them a pass, by the way. It’s saying that if we want the access, someone has to pony up to make it happen.
Honestly, articles like this, despite their nice intentions, simply make things worse by deepening divisions through some sort of near-mindless hysteria. I see no solutions here, sorry. Perhaps if you provided some? But until then, just screeching that the “Resistance” movement is “lying to you!” without providing any kind of real world alternative is… well, a lot of socio-econo-political masturbation on your part, leaving everyone waiting for a money shot that doesnt seem to be coming.