Today I’d like to introduce you to a man I call the “Don Quixote of Tech”.
And no, I don’t mean it as a compliment.
If you who don’t remember, need a refresher, or haven’t read the book, the fictional Don Quixote is the hero of a famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes first published in 1605.
Despite the book’s age, many scholars consider it to be the finest novel ever written.
Our focus here is on chapter eight. In this section, Don Quixote of La Mancha and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, find themselves in a field of towering windmills.
Don Quixote says they are giants. He intends to slay them and take their riches. When Sancho says they’re windmills, Don Quixote says he is more experienced in these matters and he knows for certain they really are giants.
Obviously, they really were windmills after all…
Turns out something very similar to this enduring metaphor is playing out in Congress right now, thanks to Jerrold Nadler. He’s taking on Big Tech as the chair the House Judiciary Committee.