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Google = SkyNet?

Just got an email from The House Theatre of Chicago with the subject line "Save The House, Save Chicago." It's a sobering sign of the times that such a high-profile company is at risk of having to cancel their next production.

But I'm busy over here boggling at the fact that, despite the fact that there is nothing about cheerleaders anywhere in the email, every single sponsored link on the side of my Gmail window is for something cheerleader-related.

I'm starting to think Google is developing sentience. And apparently it's a Heroes fan.

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jennetj
Dec. 2nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about House Theatre - hopefully, they'll be able to make it. I'm losing count of the number of mailings I've gotten from theatres asking for donations. I'd support all of them if I could, but I have to choose.
wiliqueen
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same here. The only one of their shows I've actually seen was the Houdini one, but I certainly have an interest in what they're doing, not least because they were on the leading edge of the physical theatre trend that's been blossoming in Chicago. If they're in trouble, it doesn't bode well for the movement. I would have expected newer exponents of it (e.g. Building Stage) to go down first.

Of course, with House, there's also the factor of how fast they've grown in just a few years. I'm wary of that, as anyone from Columbus is, because of what happened to Players there.
tryslora
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Google's ad sense is disturbing. The other day I had something that had nothing explicit to do with the ads I got, and yet, the ads were dead on about it. But there was no way it could've gotten there without some remarkable intuitive programming.

If I could remember what it was (something about gaming, that's all I recall), I'd give the example. But sadly, brain like sieve. *sighs*
wiliqueen
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
*nods* I've had it happen a few times too. This one just happened to be easy to post about succinctly. It really is kinda freaky.
tryslora
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
It totally is.

At least it's a fan of Heroes and not Terminator...
havocthecat
Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
*snicker* If the destruction of humanity comes about from Google, I'm going to mock us so hard from the afterlife.
wiliqueen
Dec. 3rd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
We will certainly have contributed enthusiastically to our own demise!
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