Are You What You Google?
I went to see this summer’s most promising mindless action movies this week, Wanted. It’s about this miserable nobody who suddenly has his life turned upside down when he is recruited into a secret society of assassins and discovers he has a natural gift for shooting people in a dramatic fashion and looking hot and being infatuated by Angelina Jolie.
The way Wanted demonstrates the “nobody” of Wesley Gibson is to have him Google himself. I thought it was interesting that Google has become the most evident barometer for not only our online presence, but the entire measure of our relevance in the world. Wesley Gibson improbably Googles no results, which is tragic in a very timely kind of way, but more importantly, in about 15 seconds of an hour and 45 minute movie, establishes that Wesley Gibson is absolutely insignificant in every way.
Several of my fellow ASL-ers and I do a lot of what we do in order to avoid being Wesley Gibson-ed. I started my blog so I’d Google better and am slowly assailing my way through the front page of my Google search, with LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr and ASL posts as my weapons of relevance. But does my tweet about how much I liked Wanted, my live-blog of the Top Chef finale and the picture I posted of my parents and me at my graduation really define me?
In this case…yeah, it kinda does. But are you always what you Google?
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