May 21, 2007

"The Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines"

Echo: "The Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines"

The newest issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, JCMC 12(3), is a double issue. It features a special theme section on the social and cultural implications of search engines, guest edited by Eszter Hargittai, and a special theme section on CMC and religion from cross-cultural perspectives, guest edited by Charles Ess and colleagues in Japan. The 18 articles brought together on these two diverse themes have in common that they inform and enlighten.

Introduction's Abstract:

Search engines are some of the most popular destinations on the Web - understandably so, given the vast amounts of information available to users and the need for help in sifting through online content. While the results of significant technical achievements, search engines are also embedded in social processes and institutions that influence how they function and how they are used. ...

[Disclosure: A few of the papers cite me in the references]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on May 21, 2007 05:12 PM (Infothought permalink)
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