The internet might seem like a level playing field, but it isn't. Safiya Umoja Noble came face to face with that fact one day when she used Google's search engine to look for subjects her nieces might find interesting. She entered the term "black girls" and came back with pages dominated by pornography.
A screenshot of Google image search results for'three black teenagers.' SAN FRANCISCO -- Google image searches for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers" get very different results, raising troubling questions about how racial bias in society and the media is reflected online. Kabir Alli, an 18-year-old graduating senior from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., posted a video clip on Twitter this week of a Google image search for "three black teenagers" which turned up an array of police mugshots. He and friends then searched for "three white teenagers," and found groups of smiling young people. "I had actually heard about this search from one of my friends and just wanted to see everything for myself.
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"Sleepy Hollow" ended last week's episode on a shocking twist. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) was shot with a unique gun that resurrects the horseman of war. That's right: The former revolutionary war soldier is now the horseman of war. He is the fourth horseman that tech billionaire Malcom Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) has resurrected. Hence, this completes his plan to bring the four horsemen of the apocalypse on Earth.