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I write a lot of reports where I get commentary from every day average Internet users. They say things like "I booted up the start page" and "I like this browser becuase it has news on it". They don't know the differences among spyware, malware, viruses, and worms. To them Norton should take care of all of this with one purchase of $60.
Virus definitions? What are those?!

It never surprises me to see a middle aged housewife from Wisconsin who uses her computer to play pogo.com games and look up recipes not really know why she shouldn't use the oh-so-useful Weather Bug program or to understand that a firewall is never going to protect her computer from a virus.

It always suprises me when I see supposedly computer literate 20 somethings use Google (the name of a company that assumed everyone in the world was too stupid to know how the word "googol" was pronounced) as a verb.
But it really *shouldn't* surprise me. It just does.

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mjfgates
Mar. 23rd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
We all know that using slang that Holly disapproves of is a sure sign of stupidity.

Yeah, I'm poking at you, a bit. You deserve it so rarely, I have to take what opportunities I can get.
maddening
Mar. 23rd, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
I think it annoys me more because little things like that eventually make people dumber about the internet. And people's stupidity about the Internet is what I usually end up writing about in all my reports.
Do you have any idea how painful it is to point out that people don't differentiate between a homepage and the browser it happens to be loaded on to?
mjfgates
Mar. 23rd, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
The actual stupid things, yeah, I know. I once had to explain to a woman that yes, she could get her Yahoo mail from another computer...

But using "google" as a verb is just harmless silliness. Heck, in Turkish it'd even be the grammatical thing to do... gugoliyorum! gugolmisin! gugolduracak! ("I am googling! You do not google! It will be able to google!") Bet'cha a nickel I've conjugated at least one of those wrong, not to mention that I had to use the dotted "i" on "-misin" instead of the dotless one.
maddening
Mar. 23rd, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
people, average people, eventually start calling EVERY search "google" or the process of using a search engine "googling." When what I deal with is the way people talk about things in their own words that sort of thing makes it really really easy to completely misunderstand what is going on. Now if I were actually fact to face or just watching them use their computer I could totally tell what they were doing with no confusion, and I'd just note that google has become so ubiquitous that people refer to every search engine as "google" and be done with it.

I had to explain to someone that the free browser they downloaded would not come with a charge and that, yes, they still had to sign on using their existing ISP.

I think what this basically comes down to is I was taking a moment to vent off about my job and the stupid little things that are frustrating about it (because I won't talk about the big things in online journal land). You don't have to understand or like or even "get" why, and it isn't actually important given the number of people who don't know the difference between spyware and viruses (which is more important to you if you have to explain why 15 participants claimed the software they downloaded at your instruction polluted their computer with viruses).

It's morning and I'm cranky. So what I should have said in the first place was, god forbid I rant about work. It's of the few vents I have and it makes me saner when dealing with them in real life.
But a calmer me would say that I should really have just shrugged and said "ya got me. I'm a self centered ass who thinks she's always right" and been done with it.

skreidle
Mar. 23rd, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I don't see why "Google" as a verb is a bad thing--short for "looked up X on the Google search engine." Why is this bad shorthand?
skreidle
Mar. 23rd, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
..assuming Google is actually the search engine in use, because otherwise it's just wrong.
maddening
Mar. 28th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
Becuase it's a cutesy made up word based on another made up word. It would be about the same as someone actually picking up that rank "do you yahoo" catchphrase from that campaign a few years ago and actually saying things like "I was yahooing" or "yahoo it", especially as google becomes more and more than just a simple search engine.

Of course, if you don't have any standards and PREFER mediocre, safe, and prechewed shit then I'm sure it's great for you.
subbes
Mar. 24th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
But I love googling.
subbes
Mar. 24th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Or, rather, saying "ggoling." It sounds so rounded and nice. But I do agree with you over work rants and the pollution of verbiage.
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