Thursday, July 08, 2004

Rant Alert!

Argh!!!!! While looking for a couple of links for the post below, I came across this article by some Yahoo! News columnist. It just amazes me that so many journalists are still completely clueless as to how Google works. Writes Yahoo!'s John Leo:
As a test of the state of "Bush the Nazi" rhetoric, I went to Google and typed in "Bush is a Nazi" and got 420,000 hits, well behind "Hitler was a Nazi" (654,000 hits), but then Hitler WAS a Nazi and had a 75-year head start. (Computer searches like this are very crude instruments. They sweep up many references that cannot fairly be listed as slurs. But they do offer a rough idea of the amount of name-calling.)
No, no, no. No they do not, you fucking idiot.

A) Leo did not put quotes around his phrase. If he had, he would find "Bush is a Nazi" actually only occurs 861 times on the Internet;
B) Out of the first ten of those 861 instances, seven of them are Bush defenders critizing people who say things like "Bush is a Nazi";
C) Out of the first ten of those 861 instances, three of them are John Leo himself critizing people who say things like "Bush is a Nazi."

Look, I don't mean to pick on a near-sighted Internet columnist, but, to be honest, someone who writes for a company owned by a search engine should learn how a fucking search engine works. And it's not just this guy. I see this shit all the time in EVERY newspaper. Respectable newspapers. It pisses me off an average of once a week.

Google hits mean nothing. Nothing. Unless you're looking for sometime very, very specific and you fully understand how search engines work. Otherwise: nothing. Nada. Rien. Argh!!!!!

End rant.

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