<![CDATA[A couple weeks ago, I posted a piece criticizing President Bush that attracted Google AdSense ads soliciting Republican singles. I mocked that. Now, after posting a critical comment about telejihadist Pat Robertson, every Google-served ad on my site is skewed Christian, offering to tell the story of Jesus, art for Christians, Christian credit counseling, advice on planning for the Rapture—everything that doesn’t fit with my critique of Rev. Robertson and the general tone of this blog toward organized religion (Jesus said great stuff, it’s much of the history of what is done in his name that is revolting).
I was going to chalk it up to really bad natural language analysis, but then, I wondered, is it simply that Google is targeting or, more likely, is used to target commentators, burying their messages under pro-conservative, pro-fundamentalist advertising?
There is no rational reason for placing these ads here, as it is highly unlikely that Republican singles or Christian fundamentalists are reading this blog, except in anger or as they assemble their lists of people destined for the camps, so what gives? Is Google really that bad at ad placement or is it a vast right-wing conspiracy (the tongue planted firmly in my cheek will be missed by the right, but there it is)? I know Google claims to be “not evil,” but I didn’t realize they were taking sides in the ecclesiastical debates….