Random: Stereotypes from Google Images

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While working on the concept for a magazine concept with this guy, we began to have a little argument about children.

I had suggested an image of a cute kid (above) and he immediately told me that that kid was “too cute to be Kenyan”. So we got into a little discussion about what Kenyan children really look like.

This inevitably became a question that was too difficult for our meagre minds. So we turned to the all knowing, all savvy, Google images. This is what we found:

Google image result for "Kenyan Children"

Fairly accurate. But someone immediately pointed out that they wondered how accurate this would be for other countries/regions. Below are the findings from our exercise.

European
European children are worldly and happy.

American

American children are diverse.

African

African children are hopeful and need help.

Asian

Asian kids do cute sh*t.

French

French children are stylish.

Arab

Praying and Playing. 🙂

Japanese

Japanese kids love school.

Egyptian

Egypt is still largely documented by hieroglyphs.lol

Libyan Children
Libyan kids are peace loving patriots

It gets a little sad when you start going into other African countries.

Ugandan

South African

Congo

Somali

I’m somewhat surprised to see South Africa have such a dark results page. South African children have always been inspiring to me.

Anyway, this was a fairly random but somewhat insightful pet project that I thought I’d share.

Try it out and see how true it may or may not turn out to be.

Peace
-iCon

6 thoughts on “Random: Stereotypes from Google Images

  1. This is actually very enlightening in the wider view of a society or how a society is generally perceived. I wonder if it has anything to do with the social circumstances or it’s been modified. Very interesting pet project indeed.

  2. I live in Kilimani, Nairobi, and children are extremely healthy and vivacious around me. They don’t seem to need anybody’s help but that from their parents. This bullshit with stereotypes . . . I think stereotypes are a product of excessive and severe parochialism, a thoroughly and exhaustively bedimmed, incomplete, and distorted view of life as a phenomenon, mixed with intemperate hate, fear, malice, as well as all evils borne in a dark heart. I also think people like to see suffering. It comforts them. To confirm that they suffer less. That whatever they do, no matter how desperate, barbarous, or dissolute, there are other people needier than them in the world. There is a sort of an orgasmic yield in this perception. It is twisted but delightful.

  3. I live in Kilimani, Nairobi, and children are extremely healthy and vivacious around me. They don’t seem to need anybody’s help but that from their parents. This bullshit with stereotypes . . . I think stereotypes are a product of excessive and severe parochialism, a thoroughly and exhaustively bedimmed, incomplete, and distorted view of life as a simple linear phenomenon (life is diverse and nonlinear), mixed with intemperate hate, fear, malice, as well as all evils borne in a dark heart. I think also that people like to see suffering. It comforts them. To confirm that they suffer less. That whatever they do, no matter how desperate, barbarous, or dissolute, there are other people needier than them in the world. There is a sort of orgasmic yield in this perception. It is twisted; but it thrills.

  4. Its so sad but true! i used to work for a children’s magazine and its impossible to get happy, pleasant photos of fully African children. I guess its up to us to upload beautiful photos of our kids.

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