Google Autocomplete Wants to Know Why Post-Communist Europe Is So Poor




History has rendered its verdict on communism, and now Google autocomplete has too.

That verdict? Well, see for yourself. Try searching "Why is Estonia so...." Now try "Why is Ukraine so...." And "Why is Hungary so...." Notice a pattern?


As you can see in the map above from Randal Olson, most people want Google to tell them why post-communist Europe is still so poor. Though there are some exceptions. The top result for Poland is "weak." For Lithuania, it's "suicidal." Russia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic all at least get off with more neutral ones. (And Turkey's is most certainly for the meat, not the country).

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