Google got where it is by having almost psychic ability to predict what we were looking for when we searched for something. Searching Yahoo! or AskJeeves would lead to frustration but Google had the ability to have the right answer on the first page every time. It was amazing. And google did this so well that pretty much everyone adopted it as their default search engine. Competitors like Bing tried to bring them down but just could not. We were happy with Google. They were just that good.
But I have noticed recently (just in the past year) that I increasingly start searching other search engines when I don't find what I am looking for and have been surprised to find better results on other search engines.
I do a lot of political/cultural/religious writing so I am always googling things that are controversial. I think this plays into it. Google is clearly manipulating results now. What that means is that instead of giving you what you want to find, they are giving you what they w…
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Okay.... I, like most people, do not want to be called a conspiracy theorist. I think we landed on the moon. Flat earth is crazy. I don't think the school shootings are false flags. I don't go for the flying saucers. And I even believe that JFK was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. In our culture, "conspiracy theory," is a synonym for a wacky story that is almost certainly false.
But conspiracies do happen. There have been plenty of cases of true conspiracies including those involving the government. Whether it was the poisoning of alcohol during prohibition or Edward Snowden's terrifying revelations of the actions of the NSA, it is simply untrue that every time someone suspects a conspiracy they are crazy. Sometimes people in positions of power and influence do sketchy stuff. That is a fact.
So there are conspiracies out there. And we can theorize about them without being crazy.
Humans laugh when we expect one thing to happen but something else happens. You expect the man walking down the street to continue walking but he steps on a banana peal and does a back flip. You expect the news anchor to seriously deliver the news but they accidentally swear or say something inappropriate. You expect everyone to follow the social norms but then someone breaks them.
It is this breaking of social norms sort of humor that modern comedy has thrived on for the past 50 years. For example, here is a clip of Bill Burr talking about women get involved in traditionally male spaces.
I found this funny. Why is it funny? He is not telling jokes. It is funny because we expect everyone on TV to follow the long established and socially accepted principle that women can and should be involved in all of these areas of life. We all sort of take for granted that this is something to be celebrated and embraced. Bill Burr suddenly calling this into question (with a certain level of mock-ou…