pain is the staff of life

Search engines

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on September 26, 2010

Last week on either NPR or CBC there was a woman talking about how search engines can skew our impressions of people or events by the media stories they choose to display when you enter a search for something. I think she said they did this with internal tags. So I decided to A B Google and Bing.

First I tried Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American/Yemeni (Mullah-mentor to the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab) in the news lately (my source Huffpo) because of a lawsuit Al-Awlaki’s father has launched against the U.S. Gov. who have targeted his American born/Yemen resident son.

On Bing, I wasn’t sure I had the same Anwar Al-Awlaki. He just seemed like some sweet Mullah who makes tapes and videos.
Voici: Bing’s Anwar Al-A
then Google:
Voilà: Google’s Anwar Al-A

Then I Googled Sarah Palin. Ah shucks. All becoming pics and pretty much favorable story sources except for the swimsuit pic with the rifle (not her, she’s got better legs.)
Google: Google’s Sarah Palin

And Bing, a little more balanced: Bing’s Sarah Palin

Lawsuit against Google in France on this topic


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  1. Crosby & McDuck- der Bingle writes said, on September 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    We feel both names were robbed from us.
    A Crooner and a Comic Book Character.
    Mr. S. McDuck created the term google in ref. to money and I am sans pareil in the boo boo boo boo dept.
    We also wish to write for the Late Jonathan Swift who coined the term yahoo.
    Apparently copyright don’t exist t’other side of Jordan
    Where the blue of the night meets the gold of the ‘net indeed !

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