Google has just declared war on free expression on the Internet.
Under new patents filed by the search engine giant, corporate-media propaganda is to be "prioritized" in their search result listings.
That means news stories from the state-backed military industrial complex media cheerleaders like CNN or the BBC, are moving to the top of google's search results.
"Google will compare the track record and credibility of all news sources around the world, and adjust the ranking of any search results accordingly." [Source]That means the most popular and suitably relevant stories by bloggers and other independent media who do not toe the state-corporate line will be deliberately elbowed off the top search results pages.
Because the existing system, based on free expression and popularity needs to be "improved." The New Scientist explains the existing "flaws" like this:
This means that articles carrying more authority, say from CNN or the BBC, can be ousted from the first page of results, simply because they are not as recent or as relevant to the keyword entered in the search line. [Source]The key phrase here is "articles carrying more authority"
Google is set to become even more the voice of authority.
I say "even more,"..... Because, you see, Google has already sold out. They long ago tweaked their system to exclude dangerous views from the Google News service.
As we reported back on Nov. 9th, 2004: Google Censors Votefraud Stories
Google Censors VoteFraud StoriesAnd as if all that was not bad enough, a paragraph tucked away at the bottom of the New Scientist article should give you even more pause for thought.
BreakForNews.com, 9th Nov., 2004 by Fintan Dunne, Editor
Search engine Google is ignoring thousands of news stories about the alleged theft of the U.S. presidential election.
Search Google News for "presidential+election+fraud" and you get over 10,000 stories!
Then check the Google U.S. News page -some story groupings have a mere 40 or 50 stories.
These get covered, and yet there has been no coverage of the election fraud issue on the Google News front page or even it's U.S. News page.
Google : Working hard to preserve the Status Quo.
"The patent also reveals that the same system could be roped in to rank other search results, not simply news. So sales and services could in the future be listed on the basis of price and the reputation of the company involved."Which means that corporate "credibility"(lol) may also be weighed into Google's results on, say... medical services. Guess which therapies will have sufficient "authority" to merit high rankings. Corporate drugs perhaps?
Google is part of a long-term extablishment move to control the flow of information to the great unwashed masses. That has been long obvious to savvy observers.
However, the latest development confirms the increasingly desperate plight of the mainstream media. Which is good news : ). Also there clearly are constitutional issues here -centering around freedom of expression that should be followed up.
But the most important question is this: now that Google has declared war...
What is the Blogsphere going to do about it?