We have an AutoCad programmer in our office. An IT guy was setting up a computer for him. He requested internet access on his machine. The IT guy said it was set up already. To show him, he launched Internet Explorer. The MSN site came up by default.
"There you go!", the IT guy said.
The AutoCad programmer was a little confused. He said, "I want the internet!"
The IT guy asked, "What exactly do you want?"
"Google", the programmer said!
During the entire time he spent on computers, the browser probably had Google as the default site. This led him to assume that Google was actually, the internet!
Though this incident might be dismissed as a one-off thing, what is important to note is that this guy was an AutoCad programmer. To the vast majority of people who use their computers primarily for email and the internet and to edit the odd document, this could ring even truer.
The way Google controls so much of our lives - think of how much we rely on it - is sometimes scary.