Brian LePort has posted two wonderful blog entries about stereotypes regarding denominations, as indicated by Google search autocomplete data. I thought I would check what happens when I type in the labels that I wear – American Baptist and progressive Christian. Neither has anything for the entire phrases (such as “Why are American Baptists” or “Why do progressive Christians”). But here’s what it suggested based on partial or similar phrases:
Apparently American Baptists are insufficiently in the public eye to get stereotyped in Google searches, and progressive Christians are stereotyped only as wrong. Disappointing.
What happens when you search using labels that you identify with or are identified by?