In what we assume is intended to become a tradition, Google has assembled its annual ‘Zeitgeist’ video, chronicling major global events, as seen through the eyes of Google (and YouTube).
The Japan Earthquake. Floods in Brazil. And the launch of Google Plus. (Hmmm.)
The purpose of the video is to promote for Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 page. Based on an aggregation of billions of search queries, it presents lists such as Fastest Rising, Fastest Falling.
However, if you’re able to keep your inner cynic contained, the clip is masterfully assembled, with a flair for the dramatic that would make even the most hardened movie-trailer editor shed a tear in his popcorn.