I've been guilty of having Google rants in the past. That said some of the posting here lately is complete garbage. A can't skim those posts fast enough. Is there any meat here? Some serious pruning is needed.
SERP wise, wow. I must say it's a muddled mess. I was going to take a screenshot of some of this but I won't. I see the same site and page taking the first 6 results! The image search is bizarre to say the least also. Overall I've never seen such hodgepodge. Why now am I getting all the foreign (non english) sites? Frankly it seems a bit crazy. Never ever seen this type of thing before. Dare I say incredible. Again, not all searches of course but where I typically look, these are my observations. I've never had to click on "show english only" results as much as lately. Why is that?
The fact I see such a bizarre SERP does keep me optimistic. Certainly this can't be a proud circumstance for those responsible for the quality. I hold out hope that the washing machine type results is going to settle down into something better. A state of flux? Yes. It's because of the mess I see, there needs to be another shake up and from there I'm hoping for brighter days personally for my sites.