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On Google, OWS Beats The Tea Party

Posted by: Mark Gimein on October 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM


It’s well known that Google knows a whole lot about us, but less known that they’re pretty good about letting us know what they know. Bloomberg News reporter Esmé E. Deprez,* who’s based at City Hall and has been covering OWS, tipped us off to some good data on Google’s politics and election blog that highlights data from Google’s trends tool.

The data show searches for “Occupy Wall Street” skyrocketing in a month, rising from nowhere to reach more than five times the search interest in the Tea Party. The blog notes that in the same period the press was still only a little more likely to write about OWS. Google’s Jake Parillo wants to tease out the implication that the Tea Party is over-covered.

Maybe. The blog also carefully notes that a disproportionate number of the searches on “Occupy Wall Street” come from Vermont and Oregon—a result so comically predictable that it’s unexpected. So it might be that the search numbers don’t really reflect the interest of the readers. Or they can indicate an interest that’s peaking. Or maybe they are a leading indicator of press interest. It’s hard to decide, but still interesting to speculate.

(Screenshot by the Google Politics and Election Blog)

Correction: Esmé E. Deprez’s last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post. A sincere apology, Esmé!

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October 28, 2011 12:19 PM

Allow me to compare the "Arab Spring" to the "American Spring". Thousands of protesters, most of them peaceful, take to the streets to demand a better life that would allow them to pursue their dream. Cairo, Tripoli, Damascus, Athens? No, it's New York and dozens of important cities in the U.S. It's corporate greed versus Joe the Plumber, Main Street versus Wall Street.

Come on! Ever since the last economic downturn revealed the dirty laundry of financial wizards, the shenanigans of major banks, and the sloppy oversight by the government, a growing anger has been simmering inside ordinary people who call themselves the 99%. Millionaires and billionaires pay less in taxes than 99% of us, because they can take advantage of numerous loopholes through their high-powered lawyers. Republicans refuse flatly to close these unfair advantages for rich people and for corporations, calling it a disguised tax increase. But don't believe that Democrats in Congress are any better; they may fume and rant against their opponents for saying no, but they are just as much "bought" by special interests. Just as the Greek philosopher Diogenes hunted in vain for an honest man with his lantern, we the people hunt in vain for a congressman who is not in the clutches of powerful lobbies.
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October 29, 2011 9:33 PM

Oh that's very exciting! I can't believe OWS beat the Tea Party! I'll bet that means Wall Street will start spewing money into the streets and all the OWES will become gold plated wonders! It's like a miracle or something. The skies will open . . . snow will fall . . .


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