US city holds outdoor Google worship service
Appeals to web god with eco-friendly glow sticks
Hundreds of Google worshippers gathered in the streets of Greenville, South Carolina over the weekend, paying homage to the all-powerful web god with eco-friendly glow sticks in the hopes it will one day bless their homes with 1Gbps broadband.
On Saturday night, a massive congregation of Greenville residents formed "the world’s first and largest people-powered Google chain” in a public park at the heart of the city, spelling out the net ruler's name with spinning LEDs guaranteed not to harm the planet. The outdoor worship service was recorded for posterity by multiple news crews, multiple helicopters, and an airplane:
Google worship from above
The service was expected to attract 2,000 worshippers, but in the end, far more made the pilgrimage to Greenville's Falls Park. “It’s a good thing we bought 200 extra glow sticks,” said city IT director and Google worshipper Lehsa Griebel.
Service organizer Aaron von Frank insisted that Greenville's Google worship exceeds the Google worship of any other US burg. “There is no other city in the country that could have cut through the red tape and pulled this off in the two weeks it took us to do this,” he boasted.
That said, the city of Topeka, Kansas recently changed its name to Google in an effort to win the favor of the interwebs giant, which has promised gigabit fiber to those cities that succeed in pleasing it the most. ®
"with spinning LEDs guaranteed not to harm the planet"
Hmm, there's nothing quite like using a load of disposable plastic and small batteries to save the planet.
Pretty clever for getting press, but Google wants a community that will use the technology to innovate. I think Asheville, NC has the edge in that part of the country. http://googleavl.com/
seraphically free from taint of personality
Plus a quote from The Machine Stops.
Am I the only person who finds this sort of adulation worrying? The Internet is a tool - a damn useful one admittedly - but it's not a deity and Google isn't a messiah. It's not a living entity - it basically consists of a lot of computers tied together with electric string.
There's something very, very wrong about people being so willing to prostrate themselves before an organisation that makes its money from just pushing advertisements.