It’s well known that Google changes its logo from time-to-time to commemorate various holidays, but their latest one has raised the ire of the conservative blogosphere.
Since 1999, Google has made a habit of changing their logo for various holidays and random, obscure birthdays, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s. It was their logo change on October 4th that caused problems with conservative bloggers.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first man-made item to orbit the Earth, the Russian satellite, Sputnik, they changed the second “g” in their logo to resemble the satellite.
The problem arises from conservative blogs pointing to the fact that Google has never redone their logo for United States holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The blogs correctly point out that Sputnik was built by Communist Russia during the Cold War era, yet they continue not to acknowledge American holidays that speak to soldiers lost around the world.
In the same LA Times article, a Google spokeswoman, Sunny Gettinger, said that “Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted and often scientific in nature,” and then went on to say “We do not believe we can convey the appropriate somber tone through this medium to mark holidays like Memorial Day.”
Google’s fascination with space is not unheard of. It was announced on September 13th that Google would be sponsoring an X Prize for landing a robot on the moon.