It's hard to imagine that many people who search for "Rick Santorum" want to get Dan Savage's site. While I have little sympathy for Santorum, this is clearly a case in which Google is not working as intended. A more perfect search engine would not be so easily gulled.Thanks for the shout-out, Slate. But since santorum definitely means "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex," I think you're wrong about our awesomeness meaning that Google doesn't work properly.
At the same time, it's fair to say that SpreadingSantorum.com is something more than a Google bomb. It's a form of political protest—a campaign that has survived for eight years because lots of people believe that Santorum deserves to have his name dragged through the … not-so-palatable substance. When Roll Call asked Santorum about santorum, he characterized it as a hall of mirrors: "It's one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate." In this, he is dead wrong: If this were just the work of Dan Savage, Spreading Santorum would be nowhere near the top of the search results.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Slate's "Lube Job"
Somehow I missed this for like three weeks: