How Google Reveals State Stereotypes

It's all about the autocomplete feature
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2012 4:09 PM CDT
How Google Reveals State Stereotypes
Google searches can tell a lot about a state.   (Shutterstock)

Ever wondered what people really think of your state? Google can tell you: Just type in, "Why is (state name here) so..." and let autocomplete fill in the rest; that'll show you what others have been searching. Blogger Renee DiResta tried it for all 50 states, and released an interactive map showing the top hits. Turns out Wisconsin is "stupid," Georgia "racist," Ohio "boring," and California "expensive." New York is "great," but, alas, also "expensive." Head to Slate to experience the map for yourself. (More stereotypes stories.)

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