Tuesday, October 19, 2004

GOOGLE SAVES LIVES

Google is a superhero for our generation. In addition to saving singles everywhere from having to ask countless questions about their blind dates (New guy in your life seem a little misanthropic? Just Google him, and find out in seconds if he's an axe murderer!), now Google has saved someone's life:

An excerpt from the story:
"Iraqi militants who kidnapped a reporter in Baghdad and threatened to kill him Googled his name to investigate his work before releasing him unharmed. Australian John Martinkus was seized early on Saturday and held for nearly 24 hours before being freed. Martinkus said his kidnappers initially threatened to kill him, before checking on his background.He said he was treated well once he had told his kidnappers he was an independent reporter not linked to the United States-led coalition in Iraq."

Now, I'm not going to Iraq anytime soon. But it's worth giving some thought to the question (Carrie Bradshaw moment looming):

In this day and age of technology's reign as Supreme Being, could the internet be the new Book of Life?

I'm not 100% happy with that Carrie Bradshaw moment. I may try again later. In the meantime, discuss amongst yourselves...I'll give you a topic:

If Iraqi militants Googled you, would they release you based on your writing?

My answer? I'm probably too Jewish for their own comfort--even if I wrote a thousand posts denouncing this "imperialist occupation." That's why I've cancelled my vacation in the lush tropical wetlands of Iraq. Sigh.

Maybe next year, my beloved land of endless sand and missiles. This year, you shall remain but an unattainable dream.


2 Comments:

At 11:10 AM, October 20, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Esther, do not fear travel to exotic climes. It broadens the mind and provides much good material for the ambitious writer girl. If you're kidnapped, you can always tell them you're Peruvian or something. Besides, now that Heather the Fish is going to be published in The New York Times, you have something to shoot for. :)

Be well,

 
At 1:21 PM, October 20, 2004, Blogger singlegalnyc said...

Well, all I can say is GO GOOGLE! Or should I say GOO GOOGLE! :)

As for me, if I were Googled, yeah, an article on Israel comes up that I wrote back in college (result #100 or something), but there are simply too many other people with my name for them to discern who I *really* am. Would that get me off scot-free? I hope so! But then again, I don't expect to ever be in the hands of Iraqi militants. (bli ayin hara, of course)

 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

GOOGLE SAVES LIVES

Google is a superhero for our generation. In addition to saving singles everywhere from having to ask countless questions about their blind dates (New guy in your life seem a little misanthropic? Just Google him, and find out in seconds if he's an axe murderer!), now Google has saved someone's life:

An excerpt from the story:
"Iraqi militants who kidnapped a reporter in Baghdad and threatened to kill him Googled his name to investigate his work before releasing him unharmed. Australian John Martinkus was seized early on Saturday and held for nearly 24 hours before being freed. Martinkus said his kidnappers initially threatened to kill him, before checking on his background.He said he was treated well once he had told his kidnappers he was an independent reporter not linked to the United States-led coalition in Iraq."

Now, I'm not going to Iraq anytime soon. But it's worth giving some thought to the question (Carrie Bradshaw moment looming):

In this day and age of technology's reign as Supreme Being, could the internet be the new Book of Life?

I'm not 100% happy with that Carrie Bradshaw moment. I may try again later. In the meantime, discuss amongst yourselves...I'll give you a topic:

If Iraqi militants Googled you, would they release you based on your writing?

My answer? I'm probably too Jewish for their own comfort--even if I wrote a thousand posts denouncing this "imperialist occupation." That's why I've cancelled my vacation in the lush tropical wetlands of Iraq. Sigh.

Maybe next year, my beloved land of endless sand and missiles. This year, you shall remain but an unattainable dream.


2 Comments:

At 11:10 AM, October 20, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Esther, do not fear travel to exotic climes. It broadens the mind and provides much good material for the ambitious writer girl. If you're kidnapped, you can always tell them you're Peruvian or something. Besides, now that Heather the Fish is going to be published in The New York Times, you have something to shoot for. :)

Be well,

 
At 1:21 PM, October 20, 2004, Blogger singlegalnyc said...

Well, all I can say is GO GOOGLE! Or should I say GOO GOOGLE! :)

As for me, if I were Googled, yeah, an article on Israel comes up that I wrote back in college (result #100 or something), but there are simply too many other people with my name for them to discern who I *really* am. Would that get me off scot-free? I hope so! But then again, I don't expect to ever be in the hands of Iraqi militants. (bli ayin hara, of course)

 

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