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The Top 10 Web Searches in 2003
Douglas Chick

It’s that time of year again when we get to see what is in the minds and interest of web surfers. The Top 10 web searches are out and I’ve got to say that I’m more than just a little concerned about the mind of America. The Internet is the largest source of information than any other media in the history of humankind. The wealth of knowledge and ability to find it is simply a click of the finger. Whether it is of science or religion, medicine or superstition, it seems limitless. And yet when I look at the top 10 Internet searches for last year I think that there should be two Internets; an Internet for those people that makes a contribution to the world and Internet2…

Below are the Top 10 Web Searches for 2003 and a possible answer to why.

  1. KaZaa  -- KaZaa was number two last year. It’s obvious that all the effort the record music industry put forth did little if anything to stop music sharing. I am very disappointed that free music ranks number one when there are so many important issues like, Political Affairs: (Campaign Finance Reform, Corruption, and how the 2004 presidential election will effect change in the world.) Disease: there are viruses with no cures that are sweeping across the globe killing millions, and yet more attention is being paid to computer viruses. I am however glad to see that the music industry has no control over a market that they have for so long dominated. Perhaps, KaZaa being in the number one slot is an indicator that people and the Internet can change the way the world does business, instead of a room full of out of touch executives.

  1. Harry Potter – Harry Potter is a very popular children’s book that is adored by kids and adults alike. The fact that a book title of any kind is in the top 10 is surprising enough, but to have it rank number 2 is even better news. With all of the controversy from religious minded parents about “Witches and Spells” Like it or not, the author of Harry Potter may very well be responsible for causing more kids to read than the Bible.  

  1. "American Idol" – Seeing “American Idol” as number 3 in the top 10 Internet searches is a bit of a shock to me. I had no idea that there was so much interest in a television show. I thought TV was dead. Wait, what am I saying, it must be.  

  1. Britney Spears – Quite frankly I don’t know what to say about Britney Spears being in the number 4 slot. BRITNEY SPEARS!?!  

  1. 50 Cent – This is the sixth music related search in the top 10, the second performer. I don’t know much about this group as it is clearly a few generations away from me, however the Internet has become a needed tool for fans and performers alike. There are hundreds or even thousands of fan clubs and chat groups on the Internet. The Internet has to be the largest promotion tool for artists that can cater to an age group sophisticated enough to use a computer.  

  1. Eminem – Another performer that has a fan base plugged-in to the web. Seeing so much music in the top 10 is a clear indicator that fans are young, research their purchases on the Internet, (possibly purchase there as well) and use the Internet to follow their favorite performers around the world.   

  1. WWE – I must admit that I didn’t know what WWE was until I ran a search on the Internet to find out. It stands for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. I hope that it is in the number 7 slot because others also had to look it up.  

  1. Paris Hilton – I remember when porn was in the number one slot. I’m not sure why so many people were fascinated by this person and wanted to see her have sex. Perhaps it is because it feels good to see someone that has been given so much do so little with her life and then watch her reduce herself to the very base of animal pleasures. Sadly Paris Hilton seems to be a celebrity through her own unimportance.  

  1. NASCAR – NASCAR is reported to be the fastest growing sport in the world, so it’s no surprise that it made it to the top 10. What does surprise me is that watching cars speeding around in a circle isn’t number 4 taking Britney Spears position? BRITNEY SPEARS!?!  

  1. Christina Aguilera – Finally at number 10, Christina Aguilera. I have nothing snippy to say about this performer, as I do not listen to her music. Nor have I ever listened to any of the other music names in this list. I do know that my eleven-year-old daughter does because she tells me about them. (Except I know she doesn’t like Britney Spears. I think Spears is in a younger group of listeners.)   


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