Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lacking Logo Logic

Conservative bloggers have their knickers in a twist about Google, especially since it worked Sputnik into its logo for the 50th anniversary of the satellite's launch. The Los Angeles Times has the story, quoting conservative blogger Giovanni Gallucci, 39, a social media consultant from Dallas: "I understand these guys are scientists and engineers and they have their quirks and want to make sure people are recognized who might not normally be recognized . . . but why not celebrate the struggles that we've come through as a people?"

Now, it seems overcoming the Soviet Union's original advantage in the Space Race might be seen as a positive (especially as we now face the retirement of all those science teachers and risk our educational system going to pot again, but that's a different entry), and commemorating Sputnik is like honoring a kick in our scientific pants, but I guess not for Gallucci.

But ignoring that, there's this wonderful passage in the Times article:

The company, started in 1998 by two Stanford University graduate students, prides itself on progressive thinking. Google set up a $90-million foundation in 2005 to fund causes widely seen as liberal, including climate change and global public health.

Saving the environment and keeping people around the world healthy are liberal causes? Well, sign me up.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Trekking Left said...

It's not surprising ... We now know that helping sick children is a progressive cause.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Queen Whackamole said...

What's with the need to brand every issue as "liberal" or "conservative"? I just don't get it. How are climate change and public health partisan issue? It's wacky.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Smitty said...

If Google made one of their Os a bust of Marx, I could understand the feauxtrage from the Wingnuts. But as you can see, pretty much anything other than their world view marks you as a traitorous liberal.

And, Queen Whackamole, they have to brand things lest they not understand life's complexities. It hurts them to see variability and flexibility. If they have things in neat little silohs, the world makes sense.

1:45 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Climate change became a partisan issue when Al Bore came out with his "documentary."

Public health has become a partisan issue since the pantsuit started promising UHC as part of her marxist platform.

I agree, it is wacky.

4:10 PM  
Blogger CLD said...

"the pantsuit"? Jeebus... so we can call all the male candidates what? Just "suit"? Or are they not wearing pants as well?

Public health issues and climate change became partisan when conservatives realized it would hit them in the pocketbook to actually do something about either.

6:57 AM  

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