* Editor's Commentaries - #100  Searching the Internet - How it "Works".... 

What's the Question?  Stay 'tuned,' for the editor's answer.

.  Once upon a time in cyber-space, chaos reigned supreme, but then appeared a wonder to behold, Search Engines!  The early search engines were rather rudimentary, certainly limited in power and effectiveness....  But then came along computer whizzes from Stanford University, and the rest as they say is history.

The powerhouse search engines of today, e.g., Google, Yahoo...for all of their sophistication, power, and prowess are fatally flawed, they suffer from systemic defects, i.e., they are built upon false premises, and their results are very heavily skewed to favor their developers' models.  There is more than one false premise at the heart of the various top search engines, but one of the notable blind spots which is as large as the cyber-universe itself is the premise that popularity equals relevance, accuracy, truthfulness, merit, worth....  The Google search engine is overwhelmingly weighted to reflect popularity as being the defining characteristic or attribute to consider when delivering search results.  Popularity is predominantly measured by how often a website is linked to by other websites; the more times a website is linked to by other websites, the more worthy it is deemed to be prominently displayed in the search results.  This deliberate endemic bias renders the Google results to be popularity driven; in a manner of speaking, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.  One of the greatest, if not the greatest, strengths of the Internet is its ability to level the playing field, to provide a democratic level playing field in which the small, weak, disenfranchised, non-networked...can vie with the rich and powerful, the super-powers, on a competitive basis; but the "geniuses," the boy wonders, from Stanford University have introduced and instituted new mechanisms into the Internet which significantly reduce this great democratizing strength and "redeeming value" of the Internet, and thus renders the Internet to be but one more controlled media bastion.



  Occasionally I think while standing up, walking, or even chewing gum, though I can't say I necessarily do my best thinking while exerting myself in these ways - Editor/Ed.

Boys are so silly, I prefer to do my deep thinking, reflection, ruminating, and meditation, while I am reclining at length in the tub, preferably with several servants to attend to my every whim and need.  [One must be careful to only think in moderation while soaking, though, lest one should turn into a prune!]  Umm, I wonder if those silly hunky stone-age boys are thinking about me?  If they think they can use me like I'm some worthless disposable thing, they've got another thing coming! 

{No, bathing beauty.  If I had a lady like you to think about (but a little less "hard-bodied"), I wouldn't manage to think of anything else.  It is true, God does work in mysterious ways.}

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Al's secret to his superior thinking - sitting down.

 Ah yes, now I see the resemblance between Albert Einstein and CBM's Editor, they are both hard-bodied hunks (almost as if chiseled out of stone) and undeniably dreamers.



what's a hunk, am i a hunk too?  boy, i think that lady has the right idea, a relaxing soak in the tub home (toc)

ok you little feller, but while you are splashing around, pretend you are winston churchill, and not a seal.

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