Google Doodles—A Modern Medium to Immortalize the Dead?

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Most of us are familiar with the iconic Google logo—that colorful logo that pops up against the white screen of our computers as we anxiously type away a question, phrase, or word we need to know more about. Every so often when we arrive to Google’s homepage we are greeted by a different logo of sorts, a doodle that commemorates a historic event or celebrates the life of a person. This past Monday I was pleased to find that Google had decided to make a doodle commemorating the life of Celia Cruz on what would have been her 88th birthday.  This is the doodle pictured above. Although this name may not be at all familiar to many of you, it’s a household name we Latinos know and respect. Celia Cruz is one of the greatest salsa singers of all time, the Queen of Salsa, and one of the largest icons Cuba has produced.

Following up on my group’s discussion from Wednesday, in which we discussed how people are immortalized in the modern world today, I thought back to this doodle I had seen earlier this week. Many famous people have had Google doodles made of them, such as Michael Jackson, Gandhi and Martin Luther King to name a few. Media was one of the mediums that we considered helps in this immortalization of people, particularly celebrities, icons and other people who are in the public eye. Considering how Google has become such a huge part of our culture and everyday lives, which can be proven by the fact that many people today even use it as a verb (i.e. I’m googling it, wait up.), I’d like to suggest that these doodles are a modern way people are immortalized. What do you think about this? Do you agree? What are ways people are immortalized  in modern society today?

One response to “Google Doodles—A Modern Medium to Immortalize the Dead?

  1. This is a great example of a particularly present-day way of commemorating people’s lives. These google doodles are interesting because of they are understatements–you must know how to read and interpret them (or click on them for an explanation). Also, while they certainly commemorate figures that most people would recognize, they often focus on those whose contributions are less evident or evident to a smaller group of people (Celia Cruz may be an example). Thus, being able to “read” a doodle is linked to a type of sophistication (or maybe even a hipster-i-ness). So what is important here is not only that google commemorates certain people, but the manner in which they do it–it is different than many forms that have longer histories.

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