In short, I made Google my home page years ago precisely BECAUSE I did not want some corporation spoon feeding me the internet.
Because I wanted to broaden rather than narrow my perspectives.
Not the perspective that some corporate entity such as AOL or Earthlink might want to shape for me.
Just a naked search engine for a home page.
And, in those days, before March 1, 2012, Google had yet to develop the idea that the Google corporation should be the entity DECIDING for everyone exactly what search items he or she is interested in, discarding the rest, and presenting a progressively narrower and narrower filtered view by means of search engine results, and eliminating the option for any person to opt out.
So I began to look to see if there was any search engine that would still provide unfiltered search results.