Recently, a startup investor Alex Rubalcava who spotted the ads on benches and bus stops near the company's office in Venice had this to say: "Someone is in Venice is not happy about Google's firing of that memo guy". Damore was sacked on Monday. Damore said he shared the missive, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", about a month ago with specific individuals and groups focused on diversity before posting it to a mailing list called "skeptics" on August 2.
"Upper management tried to placate this surge of outrage by shaming me and misrepresenting my document, but they couldn't really do otherwise: The mob would have set upon anyone who openly agreed with me or even tolerated my views", he wrote.
According to images published on Twitter, Damore had a photoshoot on Thursday with Duke outside what looks like the merchandise store on Google's Mountain View campus.
Much of the op-ed focuses on Damore's claim that he was the victim of a corporate "shaming". Public shaming serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don't conform.
Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work. "For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints". It has become an all-out culture war outside the company, as well, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs. It went viral throughout Google and last week it leaked to the press.
Damore has been on a media tour, giving interviews to Bloomberg and conservative YouTube host Stefan Molyneux. He added that it "saddens me to leave Google and to see the company silence open and honest discussion". It isn't certain this actually is Damore, but there are two signs of the account's veracity: the pictures themselves, and the fact that Duke tagged @Fired4Truth on his own Twitter account with the caption: "Not all heroes wear capes". Employees can search documents for information about different divisions within the company on its internal network.
Google declined to comment on the planned protest.