Monday, May 02, 2005

Google Declares War on Free Expression, Backs 'Authorities'

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.

Why?

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 Stories

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.
And 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.
"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?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boycott Google. Hell there are open source options like the Open Directory Project!
http://dmoz.org/about.html

5:07 pm  
Anonymous sphere speech said...

just when you thought google was the way to go, they pull a fu#$@#$ on our faith as internet last resort of news. If goog thinks that they are so tough as to restrict freedom of expression, they got one thing comming - Open source and a free community of netcitizens. We the community decide where we want our society to go, we choose "freedom of speech in all realms of sphere". Google can suck my huevos and uncle slime balls!

4:41 am  
Blogger Chris said...

Very worrying

I ask simply what is the best alternative search engine?

I'm going to have to ditch google quick.

8:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boycott Google. Spread the word...

2:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DMOZ may be compromised as well. It links back to google!!!

DMOZ is the only alternative that has promise, but several searches I've done yield nothing...

Other engines are corporate controlled and highly suspect. We really are screwed here....
http://www.google-watch.org/bigbro.html
http://www.google-watch.org/


... truth censored at SNL:
http://www.milkandcookies.com/links/29719/

3:14 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boycott Google!

4:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Yahoo?

11:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least with DMOZ there is the change to participate, either by writing code or being an volunteer editor. It is about as good as we're going to get. Anything commercial like Google is always going to be comprimised by the bottom line.

By the way what does that big G stand for anyway? They're builders aren't they, building what?

11:03 pm  

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