For Google — to twist the ol’ Tip O’Neill line — “all politics is logo.”
And today, the California-based tech company gets particularly politics-minded with a new “Google Doodle” that spotlights Egypt’s historic elections.
The Doodle — which appears on the search engine homepage in Egypt — depicts the six “Google” letters in the process of voting.
The Doodle registers as a colorful expression of notably bright hope — especially amid the real-world context of fierce protests and widely anticipated violence Monday, as elections begin in several parts of the country, including Alexandria and Cairo.
Today kicks off weeks of voting in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power early this year in the Arab Spring uprisings. Many observers have questioned the potential credibility of the elections amid military rule, and protests this month threatened to delay the polling.
Google’s involvement in Egypt’s on-the-ground politics, though, has literally been local. In September, Google reportedly began to make an election API available to promote voting; the purposes included greater and simpler access to election information for Egyptian citizens.
And in 2009, the company held a “Doodle 4 Google” contest that encouraged more than 150 orphans to design a Doodle that illustrated one theme: “My Egypt.”
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1. LES PAUL: THE PLAYABLE GUITAR
2. MARTHA GRAHAM: THE ANIMATION DANCE
3. LUCILLE BALL: CHANNELING THE HIGHLIGHTS
4. FREDDIE MERCURY: THE MUSIC VIDEO
5. JIM HENSON: THE CLICKABLE MUPPETS
6. ART CLOKEY: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”
7. JULES VERNE: DEEP-SEA DOODLE
8. MARY BLAIR: THE DISNEY DOODLE
9. THOMAS EDISON: THE ILLUMINATING DOODLE
10. LUNAR ECLIPSE: THE MOON DOODLE