Goose, Goose, Duck

In an earlier blog entry (see here) I made a comparison between the responses of three technology companies to the tsunami disaster in December 2004. It painted Microsoft in a bad light. Well, a certain Microsoft employee has caused me to consider if my earlier entry was unfairly biased against Microsoft and I think today we see that it was. In comparison to the tsunami disaster, today in response to the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, we see a new set of screen shots from the three technology companies. Apple doesn't mention the event at all. Google only points to news coverage of the event (at least they are not making money of the disaster - "news" doesn't have ads). Microsoft this time has a link to relief organizations and has made a $1M contribution to relief efforts which they don't advertise on the front page.

It's important to remember that lots of employees have donated relief money for both of these events in private transactions. This is money which wouldn't be available if it weren't for the companies existence, regardless of what their web page says. Even the companies themselves have given money in private transactions that they don't advertise on their front web page.

So this all comes together with the rather obvious conclusion that if you really want to know which corporation has the best public service record you have to do more than grab a screen shot of their web page.

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actually, apple lets you donate via the iTunes Music Store.

Posted by: rhesuspieces00 at September 26, 2005 2:25 PM

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