Thursday, October 11, 2012

Of Politics, Politicians and Google searches

Someone in an office somewhere with time on his/her hands decided to play the "Let's Google something" game. Always good for a few minutes of time-sucking and, frequently, a few laughs.

"Team Obama got a good chuckle Wednesday when it was revealed that a Google Image search of the phrase “completely wrong” yielded a series of photos of GOP challenger Mitt Romney. A spokesperson for the search giant says that there was no partisan tinkering involved in the alternately hilarious or embarrassing results, depending on which side of the aisle you sit. Instead, the gallery is a result of Google analytics, which surfaces images tied to phrases used most often in news headlines and search terms. In this case, the algorithms were responding to the glut of coverage of Romney’s statement last week that he was “completely wrong” to call 47 percent of Americans “victims” dependent on the government."

Since I, as advertised, do not take everything for granted, I Googled "completely wrong." My results page showed "About 686,000,000 results (0.21 seconds."And yes, there was indeed a glut of Romney coverage.

My intrepid investigative instincts kicked in and I did what comes naturally to a person such as myself. I Googled "completely right." Naturally, different results. "About 1,200,000,000 results (0.21 seconds)" The resulting suggestions were a very mixed bag. I did note though, the top of the list reference wasn't Rush Limbaugh.

My "right" search

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please be nice! Libelous, derogatory and inflammatory comments will be deleted and the poster will be banned. And keep in mind the possibility your language may be offensive to tender ears. We try to keep things "Rated PG13." Thank you.