Thursday, July 3, 2008

Orgies: More American than Apple Pie

An interesting article in the Washington Post poses the question: Are we what we Google?

"This was the question floating around the periphery of a recent obscenity case, in which a Florida attorney planned to argue that Google records of pornographic searches were an indication of community values."
The article points out that using Google Trends, one could show that "orgies" are more popular (as a search term anyway) than "apple pie." Interesting factoid--but other than looking online for a recipe, what's there to know about apple pie? I've been fascinated by the seeming randomness of how people end up at my blog. The most popular search term that ends up here is "star tattoo." I can hardly hope that the would-be purveyor of new ink designs will deign to stick around and read my movie reviews and other musings, but there you have it.

I've also had readers stumble upon me with searches such as "wombat on a surfboard music," "funny costume of a possum," "slutty whore Alyssa Milano" and "i hate socks." I wouldn't presume to ascertain the hidden motives of any of these searches--sometimes it's just a matter of if you Google it, they will come. And apparently if you Google it, Google will use that information to further their goal of world domination. According to a recent article in Advertising Age, they're poised at the brink. A recent Harris Interactive poll rates Google the most reputable company in America. They weren't even on the list four years ago.

And last on the list? Halliburton.

Ah yes--Google, more reputable than the Vice President of the United States.

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