Google has acknowledged the contribution of workers across the world with a Google doodle today. Labour day or International Workers’ Day is celebrated on May 1 in more than 80 countries around the world and is a national holiday in India too. A few countries like the United States and Canada celebrate Labour Day in September.
Today's doodle celebrates Labour day
The latest Google doodle isn't a fancy, interactive HTML 5 creation. In fact going by a few of the Google doodles from recent past this one seems quite staid. What is a revelation though is the choice of labour depicted in the doodle. While the gardener popping out of the “O”, the painter finishing off the “G”, and a plumber fixing a leak (?) in the “E” (alternatively it could also be a technician trying to get the satellite dish up and running) would be classified as labour by many, it is interesting that Google has included what looks like a computer professional and a helicopter pilot to the list. We assume that the programmer and the technician is Google's nod to the Internet age where IT-professionals too can consider themselves to be labour and claim the right to a well deserved ‘day of rest’. Guess it is time for software engineers of the world to unite.
Potentially androgynous artwork aside, it is worth noting that Google has given equal representation to the genders in today's doodle. So, having ticked pretty much all the boxes of political correctness, Google’s Labour Day doodle could be worthy of a deeper academic analysis but we will leave that to the academics.