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Google Trends, NASCAR, Protest!

December 29, 2011

Google Trends

…is wonderful. It’s really interesting to see what exactly interests our population on a second-to-second basis. For instance, when Christina Aguilera messed up the lyrics to the National Anthem there was mass-hysteria. Except that the third most popular search was “star spangled banner lyrics”. It’s like having a window into the collective sub-conscious.

Unfortunately, not all the top hits can be so eye-opening. Today’s, for instance, was “kasey kahne”. I decided to check this out, and it turns out there was a bit of a kerfuffle when the NASCAR driver tweeted that a woman who was publicly breast-feeding her child was “nasty”. If anything it’s childish and awkward. Today’s searches pertained more to the fact that he publicly apologized for the statement.

However, I couldn’t help but sense that there was more going on than just a man who makes a living driving in circles putting his lead foot in his mouth. Turns out there was a PROTEST!

Mothers in solidarity with a Michelle Hickman staged a “nurse-in” in over 100 Target stores across 35 states! Apparently Ms. Hickman was asked to leave and threatened with a citation if she didn’t stop breastfeeding in a Target store. Although Target issued an apology and a statement on how they would work to prevent events like it in the future, many women participated in an act of civil disobedience by publicly nursing their children at targets.


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