Way google works they look at linking. People create web sites and create links, hence the way search engines currently work is completely based on people and popularity.
Further more all knowledge is based on consensus. Knowledge comes from communication, and what is communicated the most is what the greatest number of people have looked at and agreed with.
The internet in my opinion has done a lot to help spread ideas further, so less popular ideas have a better chance of becoming accepted.
Molly is making a huge mistake about the nature of web searchs in her desire to want web searches untainted by mere users and their opinions. Aside from Google, Yahoo and other web search engines already weighting their search algorithms to account for some "gaming" of the system by individuals, the simple fact is the most "relevant" result to web search is DEFINED by PEOPLE.
Relevancy is subjective and so of course what's the most relevant answer today may not be relevant, or as relevant tomorrow. "Stock market crash" is gonna generate a different result now (4:56 AM Central) than 24 hours ago.
Put it this way, which would have been more "relevant" to a web search of stock market crashes yesterday morning at 8:33 AM Central? Older crashes from weeks, months, years ago OR what was happening yesterday morning even if only a handful of news sites had them versus the legion of financial archival websites?
It's like when people look for THE definition of a word in "the dictionary" and complain when dictionary includes slang--not realizing that PEOPLE define words and the dictionaries merely list the most popular definitions. Yeah, a half dozen people using a word a billion times in a certain way over a year isn't the same as a million people using a word a certain way a half dozen times over a year's time. The former might be "gaming" the dictionary (or a bunch of scifi / tech geeks using twitter, jaiku, stargate, jump drive, lightsaber, beaming, jeffries tubes, etc. during online chats) but not as impactful as a wider spread usage by a much larger population.
It's not Molly's fault. The myth started long before her and will likely exist even if she herself denounced it.
-- Ken from Chicago
P.S. Love the show. Keep it up.