Embrace All, Love All
The biased results of search engines have become one of the hot issues. Because of the improvement and widespread use of technology, especially the internet, people are having a tendency to search for resources online rather that reading actual books or articles. However, as the usage of search engines goes up, some problems like biased results are also appeared. The author has proposed the experiment of searching “black girls” on Google, the top hit was “SugaryBlackPussy.com”, which was very inappropriate and disrespectful. And this is not the only one happened. I just googled “Asian girls”, the top hits that came out were “AsianSinglesForDating.com” and “AsianDateWoman.com”, which is definitely not what I expect to see.
Top search engines like Google often find themselves in hot water over search results that are racist, sexist, and/or homophobic. The experiments above have clearly shown the biased situation and unfair and disrespectful treatment to those targeted community of people especially colored.
Before reading the article by Safiya, to be honest I have already guessed the results. I could imagine that when author set “Miss Connections: What Search Engines Say about Women”, the article would discuss about the bias and discrimination of colored women since there is already a stereotypical opinion of the target-ness of colored. I believe that there is a massive number of people like me would definitely not realize that those top search engines have somewhat shaped our thoughts or in other words our social/public opinions have filtered the search results of these search engines before reading some articles like this one. WHY? Because this is our thoughts, because this is the voice of the public, and because we are already “adapted” into these sayings. For them, they might find the results are okay or reliable since that’s perfectly matched with their thoughts.
This type of stereotypical search results would distort people’s thinking of those targeted group of people and more seriously would hurt them and make them feel like that that’s what should be look like, especially for young kids whose minds are easily shaped by other people’s feelings.
Many might argue that Google has to bear the responsibility to correct this situation. I agree that google should take some effort filter those biased and disrespectful results out of the pages. However, more importantly, we, as a whole, should correct our mind because all of those stereotypical results were all originally came from us!