Google Elections Mapping, and the Failure of Web 2.0

Google’s new election mapping tool is supposed to provide meaningful statistics about the upcoming election by showing which candidates are searched more often in every state nationwide. Interesting then that all 50 states appear to show Obama in the lead. There are several possible explanations for this:

  1. Obama is going to win all 50 states.
  2. People who are web-inclined and likely to investigate their political choices online are more liberal-leaning [my choice]
  3. Obama is simply the more controversial candidate; people are more interested in finding out about Obama regardless of whether they want to vote for him.

Obviously option #1 is out. I’m surprised however that the conservative right has not yet leaped on Google for its liberal leanings. Obviously if Obama is the #1 most searched query on Google, it follows that people who spend more time online are more likely to be liberal. By force of argument Google’s efforts to get the entire country online are a thinly-veiled liberal ruse to steal the election from hard-working conservatives.


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