I googled “dick” without realizing that film stills would probably be the last of the related searches. I was surprised to find zero penises and instead, pages and pages of Dick Cheney and a really unflattering mug shot of Andy Dick. I’m not really sure how filters work for pornographic images or any image of a sexual organ that isn’t an illustration, but I figure there is some kind of age-related mega-filter. I remembered this TED Talks video about online “filter bubbles” and how web companies tailor to your personal tastes (including news and search results) with a particularly striking example of two people who googled ‘Egypt’ and got entirely different results.
I turned off the SafeSearch feature, and I still got a ton of Dick Cheney images, except he’s sneering instead of smiling or looking Important. When I tried variations of penis and vagina, I got a lot of charts. I can’t decide if this is indicative of my tame search interests or a result of the “filter bubble.”
Posted on Thursday 15th September 2011
Tagged with this is how i spent my morning
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