Search Engine Society
By (author) Alexander Halavais
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Search Engine Society by Alexander Halavais
Book DescriptionSearch engines have become a key part of our everyday lives. Yet while much has been written about how to use search engines and how they can be improved, there has been comparatively little exploration of what the social and cultural effects might be. Like all technologies, search engines exist within a larger political, cultural, and economic environment. This volume aims to redress this balance and to address crucial questions such as: * How have search engines changed the way we organize our thoughts about the world, and how we work? * What are the 'search engine wars', what do they portend for the future of search, and who wins or loses? * To what extent does political control of search engines, or the political influence of search engines, affect how they are used, misused, and regulated? * Does the search engine help shape our identities and interactions with others, and what implications does this have for privacy? Informed members of the information society must understand the social contexts in which search engines have been developed, what that development says about us as a society, and the role of the search engine in the global information environment. This book provides the perfect starting point.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745642154
(209mm x 153mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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An introduction to one of the hottest topics in digital media studies - search engines. Gives a grounded and accessible overview of the social impact of search engines - from the ways we access and organise knowledge through to the political implications around censorship and privacy.
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Author Biography - Alexander Halavais
Alexander Halavais is a social architect, interested in ways of helping form a culture of creativity, freedom and justice. He is an assistant professor at Quinnipiac University, where he teaches in a masters program in interactive communications. Halavais has published extensively on the role of computing in social change, and edited an anthology entitled 'Cyberporn & Society.'
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