I’m in the middle of writing a narrative browsing piece called, She. The work weaves together news stories about different women who are under the media spotlight (some through misfortune and others by choice). For research, I’m constantly trawling online news sources.
Out of curiosity, today I queried the word woman in Google news. The results weren’t that informative, but Google’s suggestions for helping me refine my search were pretty revealing. The following searches were related: “American woman”, “Minnesota woman”, “missing woman”, “raped”, “bionic woman” and “assaulted”. I guess I should be pleased that “bionic” made the list. Of course these words aren’t hand picked by the folks at Google; they’re suggested due to frequency of use. All I can say is: Out of the mouth of an algorithm.