I am going to have to say that this week’s recipient of the bird is most likely not be a popular choice and some would argue that I made the wrong choice. It certainly would be a good topic for debate.
There were two logical candidates for this week. The first candidate was James Damore, the author of the now infamous memo at Google. The memo that Damore wrote is considered to be offensive by many people and thus the reason for being a logical candidate.
The other candidate is Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google. Pichai was the person who fired Damore because the memo “cross the line.” The reason Pichai is a logical candidate is that the firing of Damore is authoritarianism.
After reading the memo, I believe that the offensiveness of the memo is overblown. Yes, there are some claims that are ignorant (IMHO) and it did not address certain biases adequately. However, this memo is not as offensive as it is being portrayed in the left-wing media (the reporting by right-wing media is just as problematic but that is outside the scope of this post).
Pichai’s handling of the matter is disturbing. Pichai is the CEO, it is his job to be the adult in the room in disputes such as this. Instead of encouraging mature debate over the merits of the memo, he joined the mob and fired Damore. Essentially, he took the easy way out. IMHO, this was wrong as it creates an authoritarian environment; one where people are hesitant to openly express opinions.
For this reason, I give The Bird to Sundar Pichai.