I have a Bing Bar on my computer, and I went to search something and this came up:
I found this to be a shocking/amusing answer, so I decided to have my own “start a search and see what the results continue as” game. I quickly cleared all by browsing history, and began searching.
At first it was kind of funny, and rather interesting:
Then, I had an idea. I began to wonder what most people searched about more people, and about more serious topics.
Okay, this is kind of funny…
At least the internet doesn’t hate children.
Well, we expect celebrities to get hate…
At least Taylor Swift cares not about what people think of her.
Okay, could be worse…
Alright, this is getting kind of…
It didn’t have anything to say about asexual people, though.
Or bisexual people, or pansexual people, or many other sexualities. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Then, it really started to get very intolerant. I understand that these results are partially due to how I phrased the question/statement in the search, but the fact that such result options are even around is the fault of no one but the many searchers on the internet.
You’d think perhaps it would be something like “white people are from what countries” or something. Nope.
Then I decided to search for religious-themed options. I expected some to be more judgmental than others, but the way that it turned out was worse than expected:
This is despicable, and almost makes me want to throw up.
At least we can agree that dentists are liars, but that is beside the point.
Bing Search is a search engine that reveals human intolerance and a lack of effort to understand others, that is what Bing search is.
Or perhaps just closed-minded.
And not willing to look for the right answers to the right questions.
If you think people are awesome and crazy, dear internet searchers, then why are you so judgmental?
Stop judging people, and instead be willing to understand them.
Let us be the generation that is willing to learn about people instead of being intolerant of others due to things like judgments about race and religion. We are in college to learn for ourselves, so why not also be willing to learn about others?
Know people before you label people.
Also, make the right searches! If you are searching “jews are disgusting” you are obviously already making a biased search and will therefore be presented with results that simply support this bias. Why not just search “jewish beliefs” or “judaism” instead? Better yet, why don’t you go to the library and read a book by a reliable source, and THEN make your decision?
It makes me sad to see that this is what people decide to search on Bing when asking questions. There are so many better questions to ask about people than the ones that show up as top results.
At CCBC, something I really enjoy is seeing all the friendships and relationships that exist between people of different ages, genders, sexualities, races, religions, and beliefs. In fact, it isn’t even something that I consciously think about very much– because such friendships are often the norm. Sure, the environment at CCBC is not perfectly tolerant, but nowhere is. Perhaps this is indicative of a good step forward in the world.
I don’t believe the world will ever be perfectly tolerant– that would be impossible.
However, let’s all just make an effort to understand others and perhaps the future will be a brighter place.
…and a place where internet searches are full of more curiosity than full of judgement.