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(Washington Post)   'Evil Google' fact #704: It can now turn elections   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 18
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2014-05-12 09:52:27 AM
I've noticed Google can be really biased when it comes to certain things in US politics. Depending on the day, trying to find politically-unbiased economic research on things like taxes means skipping over crappy blog after crappy blog of derp.
 
2014-05-12 11:13:30 AM
In other news, access to information influences the way people think about things. Who could possibly have forseen such a thing?

/except in Kansas
//because the only information you need in a modern society is the Bible
///which clearly tells you to vote Republican
 
2014-05-12 11:27:25 AM
Is this because so many people googled 'Santorum'?
 
2014-05-12 11:45:45 AM
Is there really such a thing as an "undecided" voter at election time? Are people that wishy-washy?
 
2014-05-12 11:46:19 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Is there really such a thing as an "undecided" voter at election time? Are people that wishy-washy?


You'd be surprised what the right combination of lies and fear can do.
 
2014-05-12 01:05:50 PM

bdub77: I've noticed Google can be really biased when it comes to certain things in US politics. Depending on the day, trying to find politically-unbiased economic research on things like taxes means skipping over crappy blog after crappy blog of derp.


It might be based on the popularity of those sites rather than any agenda by Google. People prefer derp to real education, because economics is hard.

Or it could be the state where you live.
 
2014-05-12 01:18:54 PM
Google is a big societal rectal thermometer, but it taking more than our temperatures.
 
2014-05-12 01:34:33 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Is there really such a thing as an "undecided" voter at election time? Are people that wishy-washy?


Yes and no
 
2014-05-12 02:18:15 PM

Smeggy Smurf: ecmoRandomNumbers: Is there really such a thing as an "undecided" voter at election time? Are people that wishy-washy?

Yes and no


All I know is that my gut says "maybe."
 
2014-05-12 02:56:53 PM
Providing relevant answers has been the cornerstone of Google's approach to search from the very beginning. It would undermine people's trust in our results and company if we were to change course.

Not denying anything, I see.
 
2014-05-12 03:10:48 PM

bdub77: I've noticed Google can be really biased when it comes to certain things in US politics. Depending on the day, trying to find politically-unbiased economic research on things like taxes means skipping over crappy blog after crappy blog of derp.


Yeah, but that's like blaming a voltmeter for the results it displays.  It's not Google being "biased", it's the flow and popularity of the sites people click on, and how they change with time of day, new content, etc.  Google magnifies this result, of course, by putting those that measure higher up top, which makes people click on them more, but they're really just aggregating what people are already going to.
 
2014-05-12 03:26:25 PM
Do you think they deliberating left typos in that article?
 
2014-05-12 03:53:49 PM

Delta1212: Providing relevant answers has been the cornerstone of Google's approach to search from the very beginning. It would undermine people's trust in our results and company if we were to change course.

Not denying anything, I see.


Typical politicians...
 
2014-05-12 04:06:28 PM
I let the candidates' own shiatty sites talk me out of voting for them.  I only need google to get as far as that.
 
2014-05-12 04:24:54 PM
In other news, mindless drones that are easily led to follow the crowd are mindless and easily led.

News at 11.
 
2014-05-12 05:52:07 PM

bdub77: I've noticed Google can be really biased when it comes to certain things in US politics. Depending on the day, trying to find politically-unbiased economic research on things like taxes means skipping over crappy blog after crappy blog of derp.


[Citation Needed]

Plus, Google's results are based, in part, by popularity.  IE, if lots of people go to a derpy webpage, said webpage will get higher results in Google searches.  Of course, this can be a self-fulfilling prophesy after awhile.

Electoral results indicate approximately 50% of American voters are derpy right-wingers, so, it goes to follow that approximately 50% of the most favorite political web pages are equally derpy.
 
2014-05-12 06:25:41 PM

RedPhoenix122: Is this because so many people googled 'Santorum'?


IT IS NOT GOOGLE'S FAULT THAT RICK SANTORUM HAS A "GOOGLE PROBLEM". Google didn't do it. Human citizen voters hurt by Santorum's hate bigotry and discrimination who took action created a legitimate definition of "santorum" That word will stay, Google will report it, and that will be your legacy, Rick. And too bad for you, Mr. Santorum that you doubled down when given a chance to repent.
 
2014-05-12 07:19:50 PM
Google only changes results based on what you search or go to. So if all you're going to is derp blogs, they'll be all you see.
 
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