Autosuggestions are interesting because they give insight to what other people are looking up right now. I typed in general question words – what, how, where – to find out that most autosuggestions have a similar theme.
Unfortunately most autosuggestions are questions about politics, including “what is an executive order,” “where is my tax refund,” “how does a bill become a law,” “where is Obama right now,” and “what does deplorable mean.” If I had to guess, I’d say these questions are stemming from the new President and what he’s been doing lately. The most concerning question is “what are alternative facts.”
Alternative facts have been a highly discussed topic in most of my courses lately. Not only do we, the people have to be wary of “fake news,” but now also “alternative facts,” a phrase that is similar to those used in Orwell’s 1984. Alternative facts are not facts at all, but lies that are given the name “facts” to sound credible. And while the past three months have been incredibly politically crazy, it seems like things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.
However, people are at least educating themselves on this issue. In fact, Orwell’s 1984 is a best-selling book right now. Similar dystopian-themed novels have increased in sales as well, leaving myself to believe that a huge percentage of people are making a connection between these novels and the current US President. I think it would be interesting to create a webpage that pulled quotes from these novels and paired them with what’s been said by politicians lately to see the disturbing similarities, which I’m sure would be easy to do (unfortunately).