The Closing of an American Mind

It's like I'm a contestant on some mutant version of Jeopardy: I'm starting to format all my questions in ways that would make them acceptable to a search engine, usually either Google or Altavista. I'm filtering my thoughts in ways that emphasize keywords, especially particularly rare ones, for Google purposes, and trying to think of bizzare but highly distinctive text fragments for Altavista's multi-word matches. There's getting to be this persistent bias in my thoughts -- when it comes to concrete questions, the ones I make progress on, the ones I think about, are the ones that I can easily answer by doing web searches, and sometimes this filtering has nothing to do with how easily available the information actually is online and everything to do with how tricky a query string is required to find it.