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The Lavish Wealth and Influence of Big Tech Companies

New York Times tech writer Shira Ovide tried to describe the size, power, and wealth of the Big Tech companies. She writes, “Every few months, I concoct new ways to say that tech giants make a lot of money. Today, I give up. I’ll just say that Big Tech companies are really, really, really, really big and really, really, really, really, REALLY rich.”

America’s five technology superpowers—Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook—are titanic, and still growing. They have nearly infinite resources to help them stay on top. She showed the following numbers:

Apple’s profit for the past year ($101 billion) was more than the combined yearly profits of—take a deep breath—Walmart, General Motors, Exxon, Pfizer, Verizon, Disney, Coke, and McDonald’s.

People watch 15 billion YouTube Shorts (bite-sized videos like TikTok’s) each day.

Facebook generates, on average, $214 for each user in the U.S. and Canada last year. Facebook is one of the best money-making machines in internet history.

Microsoft owns the (not popular) Bing search engine. And yet the company’s annual advertising sales of more than $10 billion are about 20 times the 2021 ad sales of The New York Times.

Amazon is so mammoth that just the current decreased value ($267 billion) is about the total value of Disney. Jeff Bezos’ new yacht is so big that a bridge in the Netherlands will be dismantled to accommodate the boat’s height. THAT is rich.

Possible Preaching Angles:

With this level of successful money-making, we need to ask how these companies are influencing and shaping our minds, hearts, and lives.

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