The Simpsons: In The Future, Google Enslaves Half The World (But Lisa Still Likes It)

Google gets a mention in The Simpsons this week, future Google, that is. Google has enslaved half the world, apparently, but as Lisa Simpson puts it, it’s still a damn fine search engine. Within the the Ultranet of the future, Lisa accesses Google through the Google door: “Right, it’s Dr. Suess’s birthday,” she says, when […]

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Google gets a mention in The Simpsons this week, future Google, that is. Google has enslaved half the world, apparently, but as Lisa Simpson puts it, it’s still a damn fine search engine.

Within the the Ultranet of the future, Lisa accesses Google through the Google door:

Google Door

“Right, it’s Dr. Suess’s birthday,” she says, when seeing the Suessian Google logo over the door:

Future Doodle

That’s nod to the real Dr. Seuss doodle that Google ran in 2009.

After entering, she accesses Google itself:

Future Google

“Google, even though you’ve enslaved half the world, you’re still a damn fine search engine,” Lisa says, as she enters the room.

You can watch the clip below that someone posted to YouTube:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMQwBjtWSFQ[/youtube]

Even though it’s fair use, it’ll probably get yanked offline soon.

You can also keep an eye for the “Holidays Of Future Passed” episode of The Simpsons, as listed here in Clicker, to see where it might pop-up next online. It’s for sale on iTunes, at the moment. It’s not yet posted to Hulu.

On the incredibly awful official site, you’ll find the episode here and available if you have a magic decoder ring that involves the Dish network, Verizon or other TV providers and enough time has passed. Or in eight days, everyone can watch it free.

Alternatively, you can Google holidays of future passed and enjoy the episode on at least one of the sites listed in the top results that has posted it probably without permission. Google should wipe that out, but of course, yet another site would just spring up.

Bing does a better job of burying infringing sites, but I can’t tell if that’s because its working harder at this type of issue or just doesn’t have enough relevancy. Regardless, Bing does well getting you to sites that that suggest they have the episode but instead just make you click on ads.

Pity you can’t just watch it directly from Fox itself, because that would wipe out pirate sites more than anything.


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Danny Sullivan was a journalist and analyst who covered the digital and search marketing space from 1996 through 2017. He was also a cofounder of Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and MarTech, and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo and MarTech events. He retired from journalism and Third Door Media in June 2017. You can learn more about him on his personal site & blog He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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