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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

God-botherers

When the New Morality meets Greed, it seems the New Morality wins.

Google is to ban smutty ads and may go one step further and ban smutty content from appearing as a result of a Google search.

Of course banning smutty ads will hit Google’s $14 billion a quarter ad revenues while banning the serving up of smut as a result of Google searches could reduce search traffic by 350 million searches a month.

But when American God-botherers get their dander up, even Google quails before their ire.

Morality campaigners take credit for forcing the move.

“Beginning in the coming weeks, we’ll no longer accept ads that promote graphic depictions of sexual acts including, but not limited to, hardcore pornography; graphic sexual acts including sex acts such as masturbation; genital, anal, and oral sexual activity,” says Google.

Apparently the Morality Enforcers have also got to Amazon and Paypal forcing them them drop purveyors of smut from their client-lists.

Well Cheer up, Oliver Cromwell was succeeded (after nine months) by Charles II.

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18 Comments

  1. david manners
    July 11, 2014 15:28

    Yes zeitghost, I don’t know how much they bother God but they certainly bother me

  2. zeitghost
    July 11, 2014 12:27

    Ban searches on guns?

    Never!

    It’s the right to bear arms & all that.

    Trust in the Lord & keep your powder dry!

  3. david manners
    July 09, 2014 11:55

    Brilliant, Mike, It would be a bit like all the various GPS Constellations but if Europe tried to do a search engine it would probable end up a massively delayed fiasco like Galileo. The Russkies would be good at this though. They should have a go,

  4. david manners
    July 09, 2014 11:54

    Brilliant, Mike, It would bit like all the various GPS Constellations but if Europe tried to do a search engine it would probable end up like Galileo. The Russkies would be good at this though. They should have a go,

  5. July 09, 2014 11:20

    > Sounds like there’s room in the market for a non-US search engine. An MBO at Google Luxembourg (or wherever their latest tax haven is) or maybe a reverse takeover ?

    Very good point. Time for an open source alternative, perhaps, eschewing any special ‘Google Juice’ cleverness and giving a vanilla ranking of results? Mind you, I’m not sure that’s really possible, and it’s when the ‘Black Hats’ take notice and step in…

  6. Mike Bryant
    July 09, 2014 11:08

    Sounds like there’s room in the market for a non-US search engine. An MBO at Google Luxembourg (or wherever their latest tax haven is) or maybe a reverse takeover ?

  7. david manners
    July 09, 2014 09:34

    Yes indeed, DontAgree, God-botherers of the World Unite – you have nothing to lose but truth.

  8. DontAgree
    July 09, 2014 05:52

    So what is next? No more information about abortions … no more information about Islam … no more information about alcohol … smoking … guns … etc., etc. … soon the only information you get is about the wholesomeness of businesses, politics and the one and only church … all of which are lies of course, but at least it is wholesome …

  9. Mike Bryant
    July 08, 2014 22:15

    ah ok – as you can tell I’m not one of the ones who bought it :-)

  10. david manners
    July 08, 2014 14:20

    Christ Almighty, Keith

  11. Keith
    July 08, 2014 13:49

    Oh dear. Reminds me of the hypocrasy of http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=11893

  12. SilverMan
    July 08, 2014 11:44

    Johnny Cash has a good sequel theme song….
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Shades_of_Green

  13. david manners
    July 08, 2014 11:25

    Indeed Terry, logic is the last thing on the minds of God-botherers.

  14. Terry
    July 08, 2014 11:16

    This is rather like censoring BBC1 and the Radio Times while there are a million other channels showing whatever they want for anyone to view who has the wit to push the button.

  15. david manners
    July 08, 2014 10:23

    350m a month is the figure for Essex, The Baron

  16. The Baron
    July 08, 2014 10:07

    “while banning the serving up of smut as a result of Google searches could reduce search traffic by 350 million searches a month”

    Per month or per day? :)

    This will be interesting, if Amazon, Google etc. end up reporting a significant hit in profits then it’s God-damned-All-American-capitalism at stake versus, well, just God Damned. An all-American immovable object versus the irresistible force scenario. I predict them going up in a puff of blue logic Douglas Adams style.

    The Baron

  17. david manners
    July 07, 2014 15:26

    Yes indeed Mike but there’s no sex in 50 SofG it’s just a tease suggesting sex is about to occurr very very soon but nothing actually happens.

  18. Mike Bryant
    July 07, 2014 13:08

    I thought 50 shades of Grey was Amazon’s biggest ever selling book :-)

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