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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).

Out of it

Google has produced a flashy Zeitgeist video about everything people search for in 2012.

My second reaction (after thinking how clever of them to claim all of popular history for the years as somehow theirs) was “Who are these people and what is going on in the world?”

i read a lot online. i watch the headlines everyday.  i like to consider myself fairly on top of things.  But i dont watch TV.  The commune bans it and i have not really had much of a relationship with it since i was a kid.  So when i went further into the top google lists for 2012, i realized how tremendously out of it i was.  These are the most searched terms for the year:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. iPad 3
  5. Diablo 3
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Amanda Todd
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12

I did not really know about half of these (Gangnam, Diablo 3, Duncan and BBB12).  The only reason i knew about Amanda Todd was the Anonymous/Hunter Moore post i did.  But it gets worse.  This is the list under images (which is the second most popular search):

  1. One Direction
  2. Selena Gomez
  3. iPhone 5
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Rihanna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Harry Styles
  8. Minecraft
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Katy Perry

i know almost nothing about half (One Direction, Gomez, Styles, Minecraft, and Manaj) and only minimally know about Bieber, Perry and Rihanna.  So the top two image searches in the world, i have not even heard of.


Who is this guy?

When i give tours of the commune, i try to stress some of the disadvantages of living this life style.  If these things are important to you, you probably don’t want to live where i live.