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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Which Country Googled "Global Warming Fake" the Most?

Posted by on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

The largest consumer of petroleum in the world, of course...


 

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Because if we Google it enough times that will make it true . . .
Posted by Ken Mehlman on April 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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Wouldn't you expect the largest English speaking country to have the most searches for a given English language google search?
Posted by GermanSausage on April 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Charles Mudede 3
It's so funny, i always think of the world as speaking and writing in english. it's the second language thing. but you have a point @2.
Posted by Charles Mudede on April 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
Charles Mudede 4
@2: actually, i was kind of right. type global warming and look at india: http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=g…
Posted by Charles Mudede on April 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
@4 am I reading that correct, or are most of those searches related to something specific that's outside the general hunt for information, like a film or program title people are searching for? I suppose that still entails interest, unless Fijian Lifetime television has been running lifetime movies with those key words in the title, Mommy, Can I Sleep with a Dangerous Fake Global Warming Denier?" starring Dean Kane.

Regardless, we've still probably got the most unified dumbasses on this subject here in the US.
Posted by Dougsf on April 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM · Report this
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There was some other search term a while back that The Stranger trotted out as being evidence of sexism (or something). I think there is a problem in assuming that search terms mean the person searching always agrees with the phrase. I think it's just as likely that somebody is looking for somebody to pick a fight with when they search on "negative" terms. Why were you searching on it, Charles?
Posted by cliche on April 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
propaganda works really well.
Posted by Max Solomon on April 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM · Report this
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More relevant for global warming impact than petroleum consumption is CO2 emissions from all sources (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cou…), in which China is way ahead of the US. Even more relevant than that is total GHG emissions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cou…); the Wikipedia data on that is 10 years old, and even then China was ahead of the US.

One could also reasonably argue that per capita emissions are more relevant, but then one should also look at per capita searches, or even better searches as a fraction of total searches.
Posted by David Wright on April 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM · Report this
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That's because the majority of other countries have real problems and don't have time to give a shit about Global Warming/Climate Change/Whatever they're calling it now.
Posted by Chali2Na on April 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM · Report this
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Which country had the most machete attacks?
Posted by one guy on April 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM · Report this
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Climate Change is an oxymoron.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 12
Search numbers like this are absolutely meaningless. Shouldn't need to trout out the reasons but:
1. Absolute numbers, not per capita?
2. Relative number of people on the internet in that country?
3. Are these Google searches? Although Google is obviously dominant everywhere, it may be less dominant in some countries.
4. Some people who type in this search are looking to spot who the idiots are. Perhaps some countries are relatively credulous/incredulous according to culture. A journalist doing a story on "pedophiles" might search on that term, but is not a pedophile.
5. How about countries who are the largest producers of petroleum, or where petroleum accounts for largest percentage of GDP?

Maybe if we got search numbers per capita based on accessibility to internet, or time spent on internet, adjusted for the popularity of search engine in question, etc. etc. we would be closer to something meaningful. But it would be difficult.
Posted by runswithnailclippers on April 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM · Report this
delirian 13
How about "global warming true" or "gerbiling" or "chicken lover". If you want to draw a conclusion about Americans from Google search results, then you would also have to conclude that pretty much only Americans are interested in sexual rodent and poultry abuse.
Posted by delirian on April 30, 2014 at 2:09 AM · Report this

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