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Britney Spears: Yahoo’s Most Popular Search Item of 2008

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Oh happy, happy, joy, joy.

I was in a pretty good mood until about 10 minutes ago when I stumbled on to this little gem of a factoid.  Adam, a contributor for mashable was kind enough to spread the word that ‘Britney Spears’ claimed the top spot in Yahoo!s most searched items of 2008. 

I would elaborate on my disgust, but i need to go to the bathroom and vomit.

“Do you want to know about the future of our world?  Then understand that the mass majority of mankind would rather be entertained than educated and go from there”

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Written by eastwood24

December 1, 2008 at 8:37 pm

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  1. Before you start despairing humankind’s intellectual atrophy, please let me remind you that the median age the internet user is… what?… 14 years? (I’m guessing.) Teenage girls want to see her ‘because she is sooooo pretty!’ Teenage boys want to see her…’because she is sooooo pretty!’ I submit that you have a skewed sample- she who oft googles (or Yahoo!s) is more likely to have braces than a 401K.

    While I concede your point that we’d rather be entertained than discuss Camus or balance our own dismal checkbook (see Eastwood’s other entries for explanations for ‘dismal checkbook’), I think it’s no indicator that we, as a people, are shallow. After all, Eastwood, everyone knows that the intellectual set is googling Scarlet Johannson, nest-ce pas? 😉

    Jamey (as in Lynn Spears)

    December 9, 2008 at 12:05 am

    • Dearest Jamey,

      In response to your belief that the median age of internet users justifies the content viewed by said users, I will have to respectively disagree. The internet is open to all, and from that collective they have chosen ‘Britney’. If the sample is skewed by age, it is merely a reflection of demographics (there are more teenagers than old people) and therefore, in the end, representative of the world as a whole (minus poor people). I know you may object, that ‘still, more teenagers use the internet in proportion to their population than other age groups.’ Okay, that’s a solid point, dangit.

      Also, I never suggested that people are shallow. I was merely highlighting the fact that they were stupid (reference needed). And they aren’t googling Scarlet, they are googling Natalie Portman and elfyourself.com.

      -M

      PS – I hope everything is going great in Denver for you :). Keep in touch!

      eastwood24

      December 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm


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