I got sex in the title. That should get me a lot of hits.
We seem to focus on homosexuality in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah but there is a larger issue there. Carnality so pervaded these towns that the residents thought it their right to have sex with anybody who wandered in. This was like a town that had been taken over by the Hell’s Angels. You wouldn’t want to live there. Unless you were born and raised there. Unless you were part of the culture.
It’s interesting to examine the Google News page, the little thumbnails attached to the articles. Quite often they are pictures of attractive women in provocative poses. I confess I’ve clicked one now and then, partly because I want to see how the picture relates to the story because it doesn’t seem on the front end to have a connection. You get to the article and it’s like ‘where’s the picture’? Often it’s not attached to the lead article. You have to hunt for it. And sometimes the connection it tenuous at best. Maybe the article is about men and prostate cancer and the picture caption is ‘this is not a man’. Okay maybe that’s going too far but you get the idea.
Google is one of those companies that you wonder where they make their money. Everything is free. They have pro versions of some of their stuff but most people do fine with the free version. How do they stay in business? They stay in business by making money on clicks. They make money every time you click on something. Or somebody does. And somehow some of the money filters down to Google. Lots of money. So their business is not based on helping you find things or feeding you the news articles you want. It’s based on getting you to click. And thumbnails of attractive women in provocative poses get clicks.
So what does that have to do with Sodom and Gomorrah? How did I get from there to Google? What does Google News say about our culture? Maybe it’s the danger of pervasive, pernicious* sex (in all its forms) in our lives today. Where does it lead? Where does it end?
*Pernicious (thank you, Microsoft, for your spell checker), a great word. It looks impressive. It sounds impressive. It’s not a $5 word. But it’s more than $2.50. Maybe $3.75. Use it every chance you get.