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Google Zeitgeist

The vast knowledge Google accumulates about the interests of the human race, which is based on the billions of things people search for on Google. "Zeitgeist" is German for "spirit of the times" (Zeit = time; geist = spirit, ghost), and Google is said to know the Zeitgeist of the world better than any other organization. See big data.
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Zeitgeist

(German) the spirit of a particular age. This is a term particularly employed in the study of 19th-century romanticism, and denotes the essential beliefs and feelings of a particular epoch. See also DILTHEY.
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"Navigating the Zeitgeist: A Story of the Cold War, the New Left, Irish Republicanism, and International Communism" is the autobiographical account of why Helena Sheehan would, as an American girl-child, born into a good, Irish-Catholic family in the thick of the McCarthy era, and a girl who, when she came of age, entered a convent, ultimately would morph into an atheist, feminist, and Marxist.
Oergel aims to make the case that the notion of zeitgeist has had, to a large extent, a rational and empirically verifiable existence in modern societies, in that it describes a dynamic by which ideas are successfully disseminated.
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With a name inspired by the musical and cultural melting pot that was 1977, Zeitgeist 77 comprises four Billingham and Yarm lads - self-employed creative designer Darren Thomas on guitar, drummer and charity worker David Borrow, tiler Mick McGee on bass guitar and building firm project manager Steven 'Chopper' Harris on vocals.
Normally it's applied to cultural things so if you had big hair in the 1980s you'd have been part of the zeitgeist as that was the prevailing attitude or identity back then.
"That the plates had moved and Labour has captured a Zeitgeist in this campaign and the most striking feature of it is what's happened to the two leaders.
The year-end Zeitgeist is a cultural barometer that gives us a real snapshot of the big events, online content preferences and growing trends in Pakistan."
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This 'spirit of the times' is known as the changing moral Zeitgeist.
Third album Zeitgeist topped the UK charts in 1995 and contains the singles Hope Street, Fantasy and Just The One.
The Lebanese lovely has come top of the pops for internet image searches, according to the Zeitgeist 2012 Google search.
Google has released its annual Zeitgeist report, revealing interests, passions and memorable moments in the past year seen through our searches.