Opinion

Hot, censoring atheists: Google’s insight into what punters think about pollies and journos

One of the charms of Google is autocomplete, where it takes a punt on what you’re going to ask, based on what the rest of the world has been wondering previously.

And it certainly gives a few insights into the high quality of political debate about the Labor leaders in the run up to the election.

Take NSW premiere Kristina Keneally…  

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Those searching for “hot photos” are in for a disappointment. As are those who expect a positive answer to the phrase “nobody’s girl”. Surprisingly “factional puppet” is absent, for now at least. But good to see that her perky hair hasn’t escaped the public’s notice.

Then there’s Julia Gillard, who also gets the honour of a “hot” suggestion, along with “God”, “religion” and “atheist” suggesting what the punters care about:

Julia_Gillard_GoogleAnd everybody’s favourite media minister Stephen Conroy:stephen_conroy_google

His less than liberatarian attitude to the internet is evident with two mentions of censorship and one of the filter, along with his fights with Google and Facebook.

Sadly, the Liberal personalities I plugged in, produce more boring results.

Of the TV political pundits, Nine’s Laurie Oakes is the standout, with many a Google user curious to know just what the rude nickname Mark Latham referred to was all about.

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Still with the journos, you’ve got to feel sorry for Miranda Devine. One injudicious tweet, and you’re forever associated with gerbils:

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And in keeping with the journalistic powerhouse of Today Tonight, what do they stand for? Scientology and miracle diets, of course:

Today_Tonight_googleStill with TV, what do Gruen Transfer viewers want to know about thinking woman’s crumpet Todd Sampson? Whether he’s married, naturally.

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Reasuring to know that’s how the public thinks, isn’t it?

Tim Burrowes

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