2002 Year-End Zeitgeist

“2002 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year’s major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world.”

Top 5 gaining Google queries from 2002:

  1. spiderman
  2. shakira
  3. winter olympics
  4. world cup
  5. avril lavigne

Top 5 declining Google queries from 2002:

  1. nostradamus
  2. napster
  3. world trade center
  4. anthrax
  5. osama bin laden

2002 Year-End ZeitgeistGoogle)

This listing indicates that the world is moving beyond the events of 9.11.2001. I had toyed with the idea of making Morrowind my next comptuer game purchase… the fact that it’s 9th on the “gaining” list makes me more confident it will be a good use of my limited free time. The singers on this list mean nothing to me, though I’ve used Eminem (7th gaining) in class when my students complained that the rhymed verse of Moliere’s 1660’s play Tartuffe was unrealistic. Thanks for the link, Rosemary.