Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stop The Commemoration!

Remember the days when you went to Google, and you just saw a normal Google logo?  And then once in a while, there was a fancy, clever logo to commemorate some famous persons' birthday?  Maybe Thomas Edison, or Albert  Einstein or something?  And it was a bit of fun?

Those quaint ol' days are gone, friends.  Now, we are being so drowned by commemoration that it's hard to even remember what the normal Google logo looked like.  A lot of famous people have birthdays, I understand that, and I'm all for a bit of credit where credit's due. But where do you draw the line?  It seems they're willing to celebrate any old fellas' birthday these days.  John Brown the butcher down the road from here, who cuts a good rib eye and is friendly to your children?  I think he's getting a Google birthday logo next week. The word 'Google' is going to be cleverly crafted in sausages, I hear.

And it's not just Google, there's over-commemoration going on in all sorts of spheres. It came to a head yesterday when I bought my coffee, and one of the 20c pieces I got back in the change was a special commemorative coin celebrating 100 years of the Australian Taxation Office.  Awww, come on!  The Queen has done lots of good stuff, and has earned a lot of respect. This year she celebrates 60 years on the throne. Now, that is deserving of a coin, sure.  But the tax office?

It's all just going too far. I say put a stop to this nonsense before that annoying neighbour who has a barky dog, and throws rocks at small children, and who steals your mail, and who runs an underground cock-fighting tournament in his basement; before he gets his own flopping commemorative coin.


Karen said...

You'll be pleased to hear you've chosen to post this on a day when the Google logo appears to be the original version....
But I get what you're saying. It seems like every second day there's some weird commemorative logo up there.

Hanny said...

Perhaps we should commemorate the death of Google's familiar, logo.

I will say that we're starting to sound old when we say, "remember when.." Great post.

Ruth said...

Ben, it's posts like this that make your blog so worth reading!!! I laughed so much, and totally agree with you!

Deb said...

Ben, your social-media power is amazing! The Google logo this morning is a tribute to the Queen and of course her most loyal four-legged subjects. Did you know Google was monitoring your blog so closely?