Terry Semel Trips Over Godwin's Law
from the not-again dept
Yahoo continues to take publicity hits regarding its business dealings in China and cooperating with authorities. Speaking at the D: All Things Digital conference, Yahoo boss Terry Semel is quoted as saying that he doesn’t know what the company would’ve done had they been in a position to business in Nazi Germany. Though it’s not clear, exactly, what question Semel was answering when he said this, it’s undoubtedly a gaffe — any question relating to Nazis should be responded to with the least amount of nuance. But as they say in politics, a gaffe is really an inadvertent statement of truth. It seems that Semel truly believes that on net, Yahoo’s participation in the country (and thus their obligation to comply with the law) is a good thing. That’s a legitimate viewpoint, though certainly one that reasonable people can disagree on. Also, conferences should acknowledge that, as on internet forums, when someone brings up Nazis or Hitler, that particular conversation is over.