By John M. Newman –
The ECJ’s recent move to classify Uber as a transportation-services company attracted international headlines — yet it was a fairly straightforward, common-sense decision. What, then, made it so remarkable? It was one of the first high-level rejections of Silicon Valley Rhetoric. Tech giants are unrivaled in their ability to disguise who they are and what they do. Regrettably, antitrust and competition authorities have at times fallen under their spell. This essay debunks three common example of Silicon Valley Rhetoric: the Myth of the Garage, the Myth of Free, and the Myth of Constant Disruption.