(Yesterday I noticed something strangely absent. I did a little Goggling and well...there are some things about which I sometimes find myself unexpectedly (and uncharacteristically) compelled to write. This is such a case. )
You have inexplicably chosen, once again, not to honor America's fallen heroes by failing to graphically recognize Memorial Day on your search page . You found space on the Google calendar to honor the 125th Birthday of Walter Gropius and the invention of the First Laser, but can’t squeeze in a day to honor the men and women who have lost their lives for their country? No fan of the war in Iraq myself, your decision here has even me scratching my head.
George Bush, the War in Iraq, and issues involving the Chimp/McSame skewed view of reality (bananas) are worthy targets of derision and protest, but let’s not confuse the baby with the bathwater. These men and women weren’t (and aren’t) responsible for U.S. policy (many were scarcely more than kids when they were killed).
Take issue with a General or Congressperson if you must (and I must). Read Chomsky and The Nation (I have and do). Scream to the heavens in protest of the injustices you feel have been visited upon the people of the world by past and current U.S. policies. Please though, don’t give the cold shoulder to those that have made your achievement of the American Dream possible.
These are the people who fought and died over the course of American history to: (1) Establish our country; (2) Preserve our union; and (3) put and end to the scourges of two World Wars and Nazi atrocities.
And you know the worst part of your silent insult? You are not even being up front about it. If you want to register protest, at least have the decency to stand and be publicly counted. Don’t weakly issue the likes of the following statement:
We have to balance this rotating calendar with the need to maintain the consistency of the Google homepage.Your calendar looks pretty uncluttered to me (only 15 holidays celebrated in the first 147 days of this year). As for your assertions that the design would be difficult and the subject too somber, or that you welcome any suggestions ...well... Google this. Sphere: Related Content
Furthermore, Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Memorial Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful. In light of the mail we have received about this, we are actively considering designs we could display on this day next year. We welcome any suggestions you may have.