The Googlization of Everything has ratings and 86 reviews. Emma Sea said: Ok, so firstly, thank you Siva Vaidhyanathan for picking a book title that. Available at Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Googlization of Everything ( And Why We Should Worry), Berkeley, CA,. University of California Press, In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion. Into this creativ.

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In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion.


He exposes the dark side googlizatikn our Google fantasies, raising red flags about issues of intellectual property and the much-touted Google Book Search. The Gospel of Google 1. How Google Came to Rule the Web 2. Faith in Aptitude and Technology 3. The Googlization of Us: Universal Surveillance and Infrastructural Imperialism 4. The Googlization of the World: Prospects for a Global Public Sphere 5.

The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry)

The Googlization of Knowledge: The Future of Books 6. The Googlization of Memory: Books Digital Products Journals. Disciplines Sociology Popular Culture. About the Book In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion. While a number of excellent histories about gloglization emergence of Google have been published.


Vaidhyanathan’s perspective as an East Coast academic outside the group-think of Silicon Valley is a valuable one. He is a clear writer with an engaging voice, and a good guide for this peek behind the wizard’s curtain.

Strongly recommended for anyone interested in the subject. What is going on is fascinating, and as he makes clear, what could be eberything on if these tools and resources get into the metaphorical wrong hands is alarming. At pages, it’s well worth any Google watcher’s time. Everythlng author unmasks the monster behind the friendly interface with the suspense of a horror novel. An urgent reminder to look more closely at dangers that lurk in plain sight.

Are we heading down a path toward a more enlightened age, or are we approaching a dystopia of social control and surveillance? With these and other questions, University of Virginia media studies and law professor Vaidhyanathan thoughtfully examines the insidious influence of Google on our society.

“The Googlization of Everything”: Has Google turned evil? |

As Vaidhyanathan points out, we must be cautious about embracing Google’s mission and not accept uncritically that Google has our best interests in mind. He reminds us that Google is a eeverything traded, revenue-driven firm that is dangerous in googlizxtion subtle ways. By valuing popularity over accuracy and established sites over new ones, Google sets its own agenda regarding what information is most relevant to users, altering their perceptions about value and significance.


Vaidhyanathan admirably concludes with a design for an information ecosystem called the Human Knowledge Project, which would be a more democratic means of parsing and organizing knowledge. Please read it today. Siva Vaidhyanathan has set the table brilliantly for one of the most important conversations of the early 21st century.

The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan – Hardcover – University of California Press

It’s always a treat when a new Vaidhyanathan comes out. He finds much to admire, but also challenges us to not only use Google’s services, but to go beyond them to create a new and genuinely democratic information order.

This is a brilliant meditation on technology, information, and consumer inertia, as well as an ambitious challenge to change how, where, why, and what we Google. Vaidhyanathan goolization us to think long and hard about taking responsibility for what we all know and everyfhing we know it.

Siva Vaidhyanathan uses Google to examine our capacity for blind faith and to worship innovation as an end in itself. You cannot read this book and remain unstirred.

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