It’s fine for multi-billion dollar Madison Avenue conglomerates to push celebrity pap, and it’s OK for mega-corporations to buy Google search rankings, but God forbid Alex Jones attempt to get real issues into the public domain via Google Trends
Tom Krazit of CNet News is apparently upset that someone would attempt to create talking points of national interest that are not focused around the moronic behavior of vacuous celebrities like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and whatever other mindless drivel the corporate media serves up on a daily basis.
Despite the fact that the establishment entertainment industry and its legions of dumbed-down, lowest-common denominator media outlets spend billions a year promoting issues of no significance that swallow up gargantuan amounts of attention and news coverage, Krazit begrudges the notion that Alex Jones would dare to try to influence the zeitgeist by encouraging his listeners to search for issues in an effort to afford them a wider public platform via the Google Trends website.
In an article entitled “Radio talk-show host games Google Trends,” Krazit hypocritically bemoans the fact that Jones attempts to “generate articles” by other people about issues covered on his websites, in particular our article yesterday about a potential pre-election staged terror attack, before proceeding to generate his own article about the whole thing.
The CNet writer attempts to polarize the issue by claiming our article was about how “President Obama wants a terrorist attack to happen to boost his political prospects.” In actual fact, the article mostly consisted of an exhaustive list of statements made by political operatives, both during the Bush and Obama administrations, calling for terror attacks to be either exploited or staged as a means of rallying the country round an external enemy or pumping up domestic approval ratings.
As one of the comments below Krazit’s article points out, people like Glenn Beck and Opie and Anthony have been asking their audience to search for specific google terms for years, but when Alex Jones does it in a genuine attempt to get people to look at real issues of significance, it becomes some heinous act of underhanded manipulation.
Sure, the establishment can force feed us absolute pap about Lindsay Lohan and LeBron James until we’re blue in the face, but God forbid should someone who doesn’t control a multi-billion dollar media enterprise actually try to reach out to a wider audience and attempt to rouse them from their zombiefied, celebrity-obsessed stupor. No, we can’t allow that, can we?
“One of Google’s biggest challenges going forward will be to ramp up its defenses against those who can so easily manipulate its algorithms and informational sites to drive news coverage of topics they wish to promote, rather than insisting Google Trends is an accurate depiction of the zeitgeist,” writes Krazit.
So presumably it’s OK for Google to allow itself to be bought off by mega-corporations like BP when they want to cover-up corruption and misdeeds, as happened during the recent oil spillwhen British Petroleum purchased superior rankings for search terms in an effort to decrease the visibility of their critics, but when a radio talk show host invites his listeners to search for a particular topic, that requires the iron fist of Eric Schmidt to crack down hard on such dastardly behavior.
Besides, Google routinely just censors our articles and search terms from their results anyway, so it’s not as if they’re not already responding to the matter.
Our mission is not to cover-up atrocities, corruption, or make money by “gaming Google,” it’s merely to point people in the direction of material we think deserves at least as much attention as Katy Perry showing her cleavage on Sesame Street.
All we are trying to do is expand people’s horizons and get them to consider a world of information beyond the utter garbage they are bombarded with by the heavily financed Madison Avenue propaganda machine.
The establishment has been able to enjoy complete domination over the information spectrum people have access to for decades, and now that a small chink of enlightenment is beginning to pierce that darkness, they don’t like it one bit.
A growing number of people are sick to the back teeth of the system engaging in behavior placement – telling them what to buy, what to wear, what to talk about, how to act, and what to think, and so any effort to wrest back some small degree of control over that process can only be a positive thing.