Google’s Zeitgeist 2013 – still somewhat out of it

For the last few years in late December google has done a cute video of what people search.  i started last year using this as an indication of how out of it i am as contrasted with  folks who are watching the media more closely.  So here are this years top searched terms.

Paul Watkins - Apparently this guy is popular

Paul Walker – Apparently this guy is popular

As was true last year, just under half of these i had never heard of (Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, Harlem Shake, Adrian Peterson) .  But i am not really embarrassed by this pop culture failing.  The Fast and Furious film series i am convinced are safely skippable.  The popular TV show Glee is similarly uncompelling to me.  The only thing about the Harlem Shake which is interesting to me is elements of why it became so popular so quickly (the memetic structure of it) .  i could care less about football.

Google changed their format since last year and significantly down graded the prominence of images as a search.  Instead “Events” became the number 2 category, where i actually did passably well, given that i don’t have a television in my life (the only event i was unaware of was a lucrative boxing match).  I wrote about several of these events (The Boston Marathon Bombings, Government Shutdown, The Zimmerman Trail, The Syrian Conflict).

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

2 responses to “Google’s Zeitgeist 2013 – still somewhat out of it”

  1. Ian Mayes says :

    Adrian Peterson! Woo hoo! Minneapolis is finally represented in the Top Ten!

  2. richard w. lisko says :

    numbers 1,4,8,and 10 are out of my knowing and ignorance is probably bliss. the tv in my room sits unplugged and in the closet. still haven’t seen glee. the strip of blue sky above the brick wall and green trim gets more of my attention. happy holidays, pax!

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