How can Comcast get any worse?
Time Warner Cable is getting swallowed by the only monster bigger than itself: Comcast. That means the biggest cable provider, Comcast, is buying the second biggest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, to form a ridiculously ginormous cable company that’ll deliver unsatisfying service under one iron fist. We should all hold each other as big cable just gets bigger and badder.
It is an old and true maxim that ‘a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.’ So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.
Abraham Lincoln’s Temperance Address, 1842
As quoted in Dorris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals
Power corrupts tech leaders, too. Given the mystique and godlike status of tech entrepreneurs, we have been slow to realize that they are no less likely to exhibit poor ethics than big oil, finance, etc.
In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers’ wages lower.