Google AdSense is Very Concerned about Your Mental Health
I almost did a re-run for today, because I so badly wanted to direct newer readers to last year’s St. Patty’s post “The Great Modern Irish Authors Present Dick and Jane,” but you all deserve better. (Check it out if you missed it last year, though. One of my favorites.)
So here, instead, is more Google AdSense related hilarity — reader-submitted this time, I’m happy to say; nice to know people are paying attention. And I though this screen-grab was right up our MA101 alley:
I don’t know why they chose old footage from the looks-like-1960s for their shot of Trib tower. My father the former newsman suspects newsroom in-jokes, or alternatively just an editorial appreciation for white go-go boots, which who can argue with?
But the layoff-related headline directly above the Google-generated ad for depression help was what really caught the attention. We’ve posted here before (and probably will again) on the Google robot army’s various attempts to be a real boy. Sometimes the keyword-related ads work out and sometimes they don’t.
This one seemed pretty good, although a listing of bars near the Tribune tower might have been more practical. Then again, that could just be a sign of Google’s massive computing power — its algorithms already determined that any newsman from the Trib already knows where all the nearby bars are, and didn’t waste valuable ad space on it.
Either way, it’s nice to know that the robots care about our mental health. Or is it?
I’ll leave you to your chilling thoughts of robot apocalypse now. I have some fine, cask-aged anti-depressants to take…