Much of my news diet, Twitter stream, and cocktail chatter among friends is rife with talk of the just-announced Republican VP candidate, Paul Ryan. So amplified has been the subject that earlier this week Wikipedia froze editing on the pages of possible VPs.
Given the cacophonous levels of conversation, I thought I would examine the Google Search Insights for “Paul Ryan.”
Search interest over time:
Here, I am struck by the amount of searches for Paul Ryan in Ireland. Could it have something to do with Ryan’s statements on the economic turmoil in Europe? From a quote in the New York Times on 28 Jan. 2011,
“Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.”
But were that many people in Ireland paying attention to what a Republican congressman from Wisconsin has to say? Also worth noting is the great amount of searches for Paul Ryan from 2006 to 2007, during the time of an Irish rugby player name Paul Ryan.