If I was furious and bemused about Disney thinking it could cow me into meek compliance by refusing to allow me early access to Up, then I’m simply flabbergasted by what I discovered in the course of preparing the previous post:
Google doesn’t want you to know that Disney didn’t want me to see Race to Witch Mountain, which is at the root of my current Up blacklisting.
I used the Search function here at FlickFilosopher.com — which is powered by Google — to find the URL for my “Disney doesn’t want me to see ‘Race to Witch Mountain’” post, so I could link to it in that previous post. I got no returns. And I thought: Well, that’s weird. So I went to Google’s homepage and searched on the URL for that post (which I’d subsequently found through other means).
That URL, for your reference:
Search on that URL via Google, and you get bupkis. Search on the title of that post, “disney doesn’t want me to see race to witch mountain”, and you get bupkis.
But on Google? Nothing. It doesn’t exist.
The only explanation for that is that Disney asked Google to remove my post from its results, and Google complied.
Is Google a search engine that covers the whole Web, or a search engine that only covers the Web that its corporate overlords want it to cover?
Well, look at fuckin’ this:
Google to Provide Web Search and Targeted Sponsored Links to Walt Disney Internet Group Web Properties – Disney.com, FamilyFun.com, Go.com and Movies.com
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 10, 2003 – Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG), and Google, developer of the largest performance-based search advertising program, today announced an agreement through which Google will provide several Disney web properties with Google’s search technology and highly relevant sponsored links. Google’s web-wide search results and sponsored links are available now to Go.com visitors. Additionally, Google will power site-specific searches and provide sponsored links on Disney.com, Movies.com and FamilyFun.com beginning in the Spring.
“Google’s web search and sponsored links programs enable us to offer our visitors highly useful, comprehensive and relevant information, improving their overall experience on our sites,” said Larry Shapiro, executive vice president of Operations and Business Development for WDIG. “From a business perspective, Google’s sponsored links program creates a significant revenue opportunity for us.”
If you’re looking for anything critical of Disney, don’t use Google.
Looks like I’ll be looking for someone else to power the Search function here at FlickFilosopher.com.