Study Parallels Filmmaker's Vision
Art imitates life in "Google Me" the movie.
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2007
The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently released a study on the rising trend of Googling one's own name, a subject near and dear to filmmaker Jim Killeen's heart since it's the theme of his soon-to-be released feature-length documentary "Google Me" -- a film chronicling Killeen's planet-wide quest for his many "selves."
The Pew Internet & American Life Project study found that 47 percent of U. S. adult Internet users have sought information about themselves through Google or other search engines, more than twice the 22 percent of users who Googled themselves in 2002. The study also found that Americans under 50, and those with more education and income, were more likely to self-Google.
Killeen too Googled his name -- the difference here that the filmmaker actually followed up on his findings by not only contacting his namesakes but also traveling to whatever remote location called for to meet and interview the subjects of his search, even discovering (and verifying through genetic testing) a long-lost cousin. Jim Killeen the filmmaker in Los Angeles found, among others, Jim Killeen the priest in Cobh, Ireland, Jim Killeen the retired cop in New York, Jim Killeen the CEO in Melbourne, Australia and Jim Killeen the sexual swinger in Denver.
"Google Me" has been given the search engine's blessing and even features Google's VP of Engineering, Douglas Merrill, in an insightful interview voicing his sentiments on the subject.
One might wonder why the study's numbers aren't higher, given the nature of Man and his innate sense of curiosity. Regardless, whether an effort to defeat the innumerable self-imposed social barriers erected since the advent of the Internet, or out of sheer and simple curiosity, the result of "Google Me" is extremely telling and enormously entertaining -- as well as a provoking commentary on today's society and how technology has transformed our lives.
For more information on "Google Me," please visit: www. googlemethmovie. com.
Www. mw-pr. com