View Poll Results: Is Google trying to be politically correct?

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  • Yes, it's obvious they want to avoid a specifically Christmas image

    44 64.71%
  • It could be. I didn't see any Hanukkah ones either this year, come to think of it...

    9 13.24%
  • I doubt it, why would they do that?

    7 10.29%
  • Some Athiest probably complained and Google caved.

    8 11.76%
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Thread: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Only Google doesn't just cater to Americans. It caters to the 1-2 billion internet users around the globe. Money takes the driver's seat over "AMERICA! **** YEAH!".
    That's irrelevant. They are an American company founded by Americans so a simple logo celebrating an American federal holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus is entirely apt.

    And Google's past behavior does not coincide with your line of thinking.

    Last time I checked Gandi is Indian. Google has used a logo to celebrate Gandi's birthday:
    Reasonable people don't view that as a sign that Google only caters to Indians.

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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    I agree. It's bland and unnecessarily PC.

    They should have done Hanukkah on the 11th, Winter Solstice on 21st and Christmas on the 25th and Kwanzaa on the 26th. No need to be boring with a generic celebration image.
    That would have been a neat way to go.

    It looks like the logo this year was built up over several days, though, I guess to look like Christmas cards piling up. The schedule wouldn't have been able to accommodate Yule, and the Kwanzaa logo would look odd, design-wise, after spending nearly a week building the last one as a progressive piece.

    Now, cards each day on the stack specific to one holiday then the next, would have been more fun.

    This is just a dull, failed design. I think this is one of those things that seemed better before it was committed to the screen.
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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    I really do not give a crap what a search engine does in reguards to the Holidays. I mean why care? Google does not give a personal **** about me so why would I care?
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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    They used to have images on Hanukkah, Ramadan, Chinese New Years, etc. I didn't mind Jewish or Muslim images. Now it seems they've decided to play it totally safe and avoid anything.

    I find that sad. Are people that intolerant that they can't handle seeing images from various Holidays of various peoples?
    No offense but I find it sad that you are worried about this. I mean it is just Google.
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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    damned if they do damned if they don't.
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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    And they connected by putting pictures of things like snowmen and Christmas trees on their image. The only people who are offended by it are the crazies who demand that everyone else not only worship Jesus, but wear their faith on their sleeve as well.

    Somehow I can't imagine Jesus getting pissed off that people wish each other Happy Holidays, or use pictures of snowmen and Christmas trees instead of him.
    they just used the commercial aspect of christmas, at the very least they could've had santa or something, what exactly does a space ship and a peace sign have to do with christmas.

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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Here's a blog piece that addresses this. According to one respondent 'Happy Holidays' is strictly an American phrase used to avoid saying the 'C' word.
    Google doodles a "Happy Holidays" - Pocket-lint

    I think I'm going to boycott Google. They honor every other stupid day on their site, but want to pretend that Christmas doesn't exist?

    I think it's time that people who are bothered by this make our voices heard, just like the whiners who are exorcising Christmas from our cultural landscape have done.

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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    According to one respondent 'Happy Holidays' is strictly an American phrase used to avoid saying the 'C' word.
    Actually, he claims that it's a tool of US imperialism:

    It even says "Happy Holidays" on google.co.uk - no one says that in the UK. If you want to avoid the religion it's "Season's Greetings" or similar - NEVER "Happy Holidays " which is exclusively American. More cultural imperialism from Google and it's onward rush to turn everywhere else into the good ol' US of A.
    Last edited by MsRetro; 12-26-09 at 12:33 PM. Reason: edited for clarity
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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    I like it when Google does this ..it sets some people off and I like watching the fireworks

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    Re: Is Google trying to be Politically Correct ?

    Personally, I don't care but I'm also not surprised. I logged on yesterday and noticed they had the varying different images that coincided nothing with any holiday season - but I suppose the peace sign could be interpreted as "peace toward men", but knowing google, I highly doubt it. I think they were tryng to be vague and non-comittal in their "holiday" wish.



    They have been more and more apt to be PC these days. Their reasoning is their own, but people do take note of it.
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