Comments: The Browser Borg


Posted by Jess at March 22, 2010 9:08 AM

You MUST read the short story "Scroogled" by Cory Doctorow. I have had my students read it in my class, and it is great. It was first published in Radar magazine and talks about when Google goes evil!

Posted by Linda Sherwood at March 22, 2010 10:10 AM

I'm very afraid now. Just FYI.

Posted by Heather at March 22, 2010 10:52 AM

Even the name "Google" seems gently friendly on the surface, doesn't it? I mean, how can something that sounds so nice and silly be dangerous?

Of course after a while it starts to look just plain stupid, but that's not the point either.

We're now all a part of the vast Google entity. The Matrix is REAL!

Posted by Fran at March 22, 2010 10:53 AM

Oh, I'm so with you on this. It gives me the wiggins when I'm online and I'm seeing ads that say, Special Deal on that particular kind of sushi that 41 year old women in San Diego seem to like so much -- I'm talking to YOU Aimee. It's very Minority Report, and I do not like it.

Posted by Aimee at March 22, 2010 11:27 AM

It's only a few years late. 1984 ring a bell? BIG BROTHER GOOGLE IS WATCHING...

Posted by Chris of the Woodwork at March 22, 2010 11:50 AM

I really hate that "now or later" thing. I just know that sometime, when I'm in a tearing hurry and just want to look up a train timetable, I'll click "now" and have the whole machine tied in a knot for the next eleventy hours while it throws dialogue boxes about licence acceptance and custom instal options at me...

Sorry, no, DIALOG boxes about LICENSE acceptance and custom INSTALL options (because I'm not alienated enough by it already without it doing the whole process in US English)...

Posted by Liz at March 22, 2010 4:24 PM

I realized Big Brother's name is Google the day I was eating a chocolate muffin (that I'd made the night before) while I checked my gmail. There were NO emails about chocolate muffins in the inbox. But the ad at the top of the gmail screen was "Tips for better chocolate muffins."
I slowly turned around to see if anyone was watching me eat that muffin. It was truly creepy.

Posted by Lulu at March 22, 2010 4:51 PM

A friend's 4-year-old recently asked her "Mommy, who invented fun?" As she hesitated - pondering this deep and philosophical question - he said "Never mind, we can just google it."

Assimilation complete.

Posted by Keenie Beanie at March 22, 2010 7:34 PM

At least those are all harmless infiltration. Imagine being in an interview at yahoo and everything is going fabulously, up until the moment you say "Well, I just googled..." I don't think an interview has ever ended faster.

Posted by Poppy at March 23, 2010 1:51 AM