I love autocomplete and the insight it gives you into the zeitgeist of the internet. I purposely take my time when entering search terms so that Google will throw inadvertently amusing (and sometimes racist) suggestions at me.
Recently @mattshirley41 decided to explore what his fellow netizens think about the United States and mapped the results. The United States Is… maps autocomplete suggestions for the 50 states. Continue reading
Although I do a lot of reading on the topic, I’ve generally shied away from issues of race on this blog because they’re difficult to talk about. But, I read this article the other day that’s really got me thinking. I’m just posting this to share it without too much commentary of my own. But here’s the one thing I’ll add: at some points I have felt that diversity and multiculturalism are code for “and not you”. I don’t know if that’s wrong, but it is how I’ve felt. That’s faded a lot as I’ve gotten older and realized that everyone (yes, even a middle-class white girl from the Midwest) has a culture and that all of those cultures (even mine) are welcome in a truly multicultural society. But, it’s taken me a while to get here and it’s something I’m still working on.
So, without any further comment, here’s an excerpt from and link to Salon’s piece on white Americans struggle to find their place in multiculturalism. Continue reading