Badge Classes And Segregation Inside The Googleplex

Filmmaker Andrew Norman Wilson‘s eerie short Workers Leaving the Googleplex reveals his brief time employed as a temp in video production at Google’s headquarters and how things went terribly wrong.

Google fancies itself as creating the future, and its system of separating workers into white, red, green, and yellow badge classes reads like a preview of how society will be organized in some dystopian future.

Wilson was fired and threatened with legal action after Google campus security caught him interacting with lowly yellow badge workers, who are not granted the privileges of red and white badge holders, such as riding Google bikes, eating free gourmet Google meals, setting foot anywhere else on Google’s campus, or even talking to employees with other badge colors, many of whom do not know that the yellow badge class exists:

7 Comments on "Badge Classes And Segregation Inside The Googleplex"

  1. Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m really awfully glad I’m a Beta, because I don’t work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don’t want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They’re too stupid to be able …

  2. Cortacespedes | Dec 12, 2013 at 11:16 am |

    All companies do this to one extent or another.

    Same old caste system, different drones.

    The real story is… just what is the “yellow badge caste” making copies of? Could it be copyrighted material? Do they have express written consent for all of it? Perhaps not?

    Naughty, naughty.

  3. Brave New World Green Gamma Alert

  4. kowalityjesus | Dec 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm |

    So he didn’t get fired for attempting to make an expose on unfair conditions, or worker marginalization, as I would say the article misleadingly suggests. (I am sure compensation for those workers kicks the crap out of a lot of other places).
    It was primarily a trade secret and confidentiality issue, and an inability on the part of the employee to hand over compromising video recordings. Also he was only dealing with the bored, dickhead security guards. That is not so evil. I think we are trying to turn Google into McDonald’s…

  5. Andrew Beals | Dec 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm |

    Sadly, this is a typical abuse of power by a mere functionary combined with a control-freak “entrepreneur” trying to please his corporate masters. I hope that Andrew does well in grad school.

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