Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The Amateur Anthropologist

http://teachpol.tcnj.edu/amer_pol_hist/fi/0000...Image via Wikipedia

I discovered Google Silences yesterday. What’s a Google Silence? It’s when you’re having a big fat old argument with a colleague that’s degenerated from debating solid, intelligent, factually based arguments into ‘Is so!’, ‘Isn’t so!’.

It's at this point that the person you’re arguing with goes suddenly and terribly quiet.

Why?

Because they’re Googling the topic you’re arguing. A Google Silence is followed by two possible outcomes.

“Ha! I OWN you, punk!”

Or

“This is a stupid argument anyway and I think we should move on.”

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6 comments:

the real nick said...

Obviously, Mister McNabb himself would never go suddenly and terribly quiet.

the real nick said...

But seriously though, I have discovered this phenomenon as well, although I named it the 'Wiki minute'.
It is as tempting as it is shocking to rely this much on instant - but mostly unvetted and unreliable - information from the web.

alexander... said...

Regarding your first comment, ya Nick, whatever the result from da web, I would try out "Ha, I OWN you, punk!" just to see if I get away with it....

Dubai Jazz said...

To use quotes from wiki and google while debating is mediocre and cheap.

Usually, the exact opposite happen with me; my debate quotes would end up in wiki and google.

Media Junkie said...

hehe - i like the term. I'm going to use it more often.

sarsour said...

haha that conversation definitely sounds familiar...

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