Even with taking over Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s IMAX theaters this weekend, the fact that it is a new sci-fi thriller, Johnny Depp’s the lead and it’s the only real newcomer with a shot at No. 1, Transcendence‘s debut near the top of the box office is doubtful this weekend based on Thursday night’s grosses.
To Americans of a certain age, the term “Winter Soldier” has always referred to the accusations of treason against Democrat Secretary of State (and former Presidential candidate) John Kerry. The term enjoyed a resurgence during that campaign, as the Swift Boat Veterans propelled it to the front of the American political consciousness in a way that many credit for defeating Kerry himself.
A year ago, feeding “Winter Soldier” to Google would have resulted in hundreds of links to Kerry, the Vietnam Vets Against the War, and a host of other sources of information about Kerry’s actions back in the 1960s.
Today, the same search turns up almost exclusively nothing more than links to the Captain America movie. And Google’s idiot algorithm always ranks the most recent stuff highest, which means that the digital consciousness of the future will think that “Winter Soldier” was never anything more than a movie flop from long ago.
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