In his essay all about the evils of Google, Internet curmudgeon and Harper's publisher John R. MacArthur reveals that his googling skills need some improvement. To make the point about the search engine's "for-profit theft" (as opposed to altruistic larceny) the man who once compared the Internet to a "gigantic Xerox machine" suggets we do some Googling. The problem that MacArthur discovers, however, has nothing to do with Google, but with his own skills: MacArthur googles wrong. But he shouldn't feel too bad about it. Most people do, too.
Generally, he says, "systematic campaign to steal everything that isn’t welded to the floor by copyright" and more specifically, he says there is a bias in its search results "that elevates websites with free content over ones that ask readers to pay at least something for the difficult labor of writing, editing, photographing, drawing, and painting and thinking coherently."
The evidence for this: "Try finding Harper’s Magazine when you Google 'magazines that publish essays' or 'magazines that publish short stories'—it isn’t easy." We did that, and funny thing, Google is, today at least, actually a great way to find Harper's because so many people are talking about and linking to MacArthur's anti-Google rant that contains that phrase.