July 22, 2012
Why are Google and YouTube celebrating Ramadan — when they ignore Christmas?
Today, more than a billion Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan, fasting from dawn to sunset.
This year, we’re bringing some of the most venerable Ramadan traditions online.
We’re sharing the Islamic prayers live from Mecca on a dedicated YouTube channel.
Millions of people from around the world will be able to experience and comment on the event by tuning in via video.
So I searched for “Christmas” at Google’s official blog, and got results about Christmas shopping and the cute tradition of tracking Santa via NORAD.
But Midnight Mass at the Vatican? Nope. Nothing resembling prayer.
Then I searched for “Easter.”
The first result? Gay Pride events sponsored by… Google.
Then Pac-Man’s “birthday.” (?)
I invite you to search the blog for Hindu and Jewish holidays and see what comes up.
I have said this before:
In the best case scenario, they are simply young and ignorant and well-meaning; their default setting is “progressive.”
In the worst case: they could shut down your blog (Google owns Blogger) and your Twitter account — and “disappear” you from the internet, based solely on your politics.