This post’s headline misrepresents the apparent intent of a new Google filter in its advanced search function. Per the SearchEngineLand report, “Google Lets You Dumb Down Your Search Results With “Reading Level” Filter,” the aim is apparently to allow web surfers to steer clear of pages that might be too taxing.
For fun, I did a site search to see how Naked Capitalism stacked up. We are solidly intermediate, with a slight bias towards being taxing:
Maybe we should look at a benchmark. Where does the doyenne of the mainstream media, the New York Times, fit in?
How about the supposedly more demanding Economist?
I wondered how a site that is finance oriented but deliberately seeks a broad base would stack up. Here’s Clusterstock:
I wondered how charts get scored. Are charts considered difficult? Mike Konczal and Steve Waldman are both pretty cerebral, but Steve goes about it in very carefully reasoned prose. Here is what Google makes of them:
So it appears that the finance/econ genre is really not all that hard, which does sound about right.