Google - representative amalgam of the web, or mindless ad spitter-outter? Let’s find out!
Take for example, this bunch of Google ads found in an article about US attitudes toward atheism. The article basically says that in the study, which was a phone survey, atheists ranked below pretty much every other social group in terms of trust. People would rather have their kids marry anyone besides an atheist.
It was interesting, and as a social scientist type guy, I was wondering about the methodology, because the results were a little surprising to me.
And then I saw the Google ads.
The ads in this sober article about how America hates atheism?
So what are we to learn from all this? If I were to extrapolate:
One quarter of the people out there are atheists, but just like the article says, they’re having trouble finding dates because all the non-atheist parents disapprove
One quarter love Jesus so much that they want this picture on their stuff.
The other half? They’re just not sure.
Irony, The Weeb
Once again, I am violating my "don't just link to something unless you are adding value" rule … but Chelsea sent me this … and I have to share it so the world can see.
This is the first time I've ever actually felt sorry for Britney Spears.
Seriously… is this a joke??
Here's what I want to know … when you read the title and saw the picture, did you think the title was referring to people getting busted, or the “big bust” on the woman in the photo?
Personally, I was so sure it was talking about the boobs, that I had to read the original article on Defamer about 3 times before it made any sense.
“But… but… there’s no mention of breasts in here at all!”
I don't want to just post links to other people's news / blogs / jokes without adding my own special value add… but all I have to add to this amazing piece by The Onion is a general statement that I completely agree with the whole thing … even though it’s supposed to be a joke.
What does that say about baseball, irony, and the powers of The Onion?
To quote The Onion’s fictional version of baseball commissioner Bud Selig:
“It is unfair to judge Mr. Bonds based solely on the fact that everyone says he has taken some sort of performance-enhancing drug for the past five years,” Selig said. “I myself think Bonds has been taking steroids—I’m not blind, after all—but nothing, even an admission by Bonds himself, can conclusively prove that he took steroids, as he has not tested positively in an MLB-sanctioned drug test. Unless that is somehow made to happen, we must all accept his recent unfathomable accomplishments as one of the truly exciting and continuing storylines of this great sport.”
It’s like it’s a window into my own internal colour commentary on the topic. Yes, I have an internal colour commentary. No, a “window” is not really the appropriate metaphor.
Old Spice is the official deoderant and body wash of NASCAR.
To me, that in itself would be irony enough … but the commercial where I saw this information seems to go beyond this simple level of irony in an attempt to take it to the limit, showing fan after NASCAR fan holding up their arms in excitement, glory or pride in their nacho plate.
To their credit, Old Spice believes in truth of advertising… these are not models. Heck, they aren’t even guys chosen for attractive or even dry underarms.
Irony, Rants, Television