Desensitizing a culture:
"Google is one of the most powerful forces shaping culture and information in this digital age in which we live, read and think.
is a portal, a door and a gateway. If the editors at Google decide to
shape our world, our reality, into some new form then dang it, it will
be shaped into that new form. If the principalities and powers at Google
decide that certain forms of information are more worthy, more
valuable, more acceptable than others, then that perception will become
search-engine reality. It’s kind of like that showdown between Apple’s iTunes overlords and the circle of religious conservatives that produced the Manhattan Declaration.
the Google overlords have a tradition of doing cute little graphic
frameworks for the word “Google” on major days of interest in the
culture, such as “The Holidays,” St. Patrick’s Day, the Super Bowl,
Earth Day, the 4th of July, Halloween, etc. They also enjoy doing
occasional salutes to major historic figures, often on their birthdays.
of course, brings us to today — which is the most important day of the
year in the Western version of the Christian calendar.
In other words, today is Easter for most of the world’s Christians. Those of us who are Orthodox Christians, and follow the older Julian calendar, will celebrate Pascha (Easter) on May 5th.
So what did the Google folks do today? Well, on one level, they decided to mark the 86th birthday of union leader Cesar Chavez. In my opinion, they ended up profoundly insulting this famous Catholic."