The Google Zeitgeist

:: The annual Google Zeitgeist is out:

    The 2003 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year’s major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world. Whether you are tracking the global progression of the latest news or learning about healthy searches in Japan, the 2003 Year-End Zeitgeist enables you to look at the past year through the collective eyes of the world on the Internet.

    The term “zeitgeist” comes from the German “Zeit” meaning “time” and “Geist” meaning “spirit”. The term is defined in English by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary as “the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.”

In the Popular Queries Top Ten for Canada, “canadian tire” checked in at #7. Does this reflect a lack of imagination in my countrymen and women? BTW, at #6 was “loft story.” Loft Story??? A French reality TV series that has generated much controversy and protests. I assume it is broadcast in Québec.

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