Originally posted by MRuss
The most popular search term on election day was this:
"Who is running for President?"
Yes, the dumbing down of America right before your eyes.
A chart on the Google Trends website shows the skyrocketing popularity of a search for the term, “who is running for president” -- as if it
were possible to miss the omnipresent radio, TV and Web ads for Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
Lord help us all.
Others have likely said it, too, but in case they haven't, here are some alternative explanations as to the prevalence of this search phrase:
1) People may want to know what alternative, third-party candidates are choices
2) Google isn't just for Amurikkens; there may be people in other countries also interested in who is running, and haven't been inundated with
information on it -- and they, too, may be curious about third-party candidates.
3) US students may well have been given the exercise of seeing who all was running, as part of a civics lesson
Did you consider these possibilities before creating this thread?
No doubt there are some Americans who don't know who was running for president, and that doesn't say much for them. I remember reading, for instance,
that Octomom had not heard of Romney until she was asked about the election. But I would also say that so much of the campaign has been negative,
particularly against Obama, that there may be some people who actually do watch the news some or read the internet, but primarily hear about kinds bad
stuff about Obama, so they have no idea who's running against him. This last possible reason is due, in large part, because Romney was not a darling
of the GOP or the political right, so the campaign for him was more of a campaign against Obama. Riddle me this, how much time has Rush Limbaugh
spent harping on Obama compared to touting Romney? I would imagine that it is a very lopsided ratio.
That you didn't consider the three alternatives I and others have posed, and that you didn't notice that this google analytic is for worldwide -- not
just the US -- and because of your misleadling headline (because it wasn't actually the most searched term of the day), I'd same you are the one with
IQ problems. While on the subject of IQ, what you are really talking about is knowledge/ignorance vs. intelligence/stupidity. The fact that you
don't understand the difference also doesn't make much of a case for your intellect or knowledge.
Seriously, talking about a "pot calling the kettle black" thread. You get the award for it this month, Einstein.
edit on 8-11-2012 by
MrInquisitive because: (no reason given)