Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Google censors a blog post of mine ... from 2010!

On Sunday I got the following notice from Google, which runs the Blogger software that I use on this blog:

Your post titled "The Prisoner, bondage and niche marketing" has been put behind a warning for readers

How about that! I published the post on Dec. 8, 2010, and only now has Google saved young impressionable people from its nefarious mind-warping. If a teenager read the post on its day of publication, she has now graduated from college and might already have two kids -- with her morals corrupted by my blogging!

Here's a quick primer on the world of December 2010:

* Two months earlier, a new app called Instagram was launched

* The Walking Dead TV series had just started, as had Justified and Downton Abbey. Breaking Bad fans were wondering if Jesse had really shot Gale.

* "Tangled" was the top movie at the box office

* "Tik Tok" was a single by Kesha, and it topped the pop charts. Remember that?

* The Republicans had just taken the House, thwarting Barack Obama's hopes of accomplishing anything after health-care reform (some things never change)

* Steak salesman Donald Trump said Julian Assange should get the death penalty for Wikileaks

* Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson had led the Lakers to the NBA title, while Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were in college. Nikola Jokić was in high school in Serbia. Jordan Poole was 11 years old. (Maybe Poole's problem in this year's playoffs was that in 2010 he saw my blog post.)

* Tim Lincecum was the best pitcher in baseball, while Josh Hamilton was AL MVP. The post references SF Giants reliever Brian Wilson: he was a guy with a big beard and a sense of humor.

It's terrible to think of how many young minds may have been warped by this blog post. I'm going to link to it here, but I want to warn you: no matter how old you are, you should get your parents' approval to see it, even if you have become their legal guardian.

Here it is, folks. You have been warned!

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