Robert_Charlton - 1:54 am on Aug 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
So now search just brings up the kind of information your local library used to carry - safe, recognized publications, not people's diaries.
diberry - While I feel your comment is a big overstatement of the point I was making, nevertheless I understand the thrust of your point, and it's sobering. That is perhaps a statement of my worst fears, but not close to what I meant to suggest.
I don't think that those Google results are anywhere near the tenor of what many local public libraries feature... but it's been a while since I've visited those libraries.
From the "local library" perspective you put on these, I would argue that Google's current choices for the articles I mention are inspired and probably radical. I didn't mean to quibble about Salman Rushdie as someone qualified to discuss censorship. Right now it appears they're picking mainstream intellectuals or practitioners, and to make it clear, I am grateful for that.
I can also see something of the algorithm that picked them, and I am concerned about writing that's perhaps even more in-depth, and about thoughtful voices of dissent. There, we probably all have our partisan sides. Let's keep political specifics, though, out of this discussion.