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Visions of Barbie | ROUGH TYPE
"What we see today is a much truer version of a “democratized” information economy, which turns out to be bland, homogenized, and infused with a consumerist ethic. The contested Barbie has been pushed back into “feminist-criticism symposia and undergraduate courses” — back to the offline and online margins. Slee was not quite right when he said that the more recent Google searches for Barbie are “owned by Mattel.” They’re not. They’re owned by us. The distinction, though, is trivial."
internet  culture  history  critique  consumerism  midcult  business  search  search-engine 
march 2013 by tsuomela
The Database of Intentions | John Battelle's Search BlogJohn Battelle's Search Blog
"The Database of Intentions is simply this: The aggregate results of every search ever entered, every result list ever tendered, and every path taken as a result. It lives in many places, but three or four places in particular hold a massive amount of this data (ie MSN, Google, and Yahoo). This information represents, in aggregate form, a place holder for the intentions of humankind – a massive database of desires, needs, wants, and likes that can be discovered, supoenaed, archived, tracked, and exploited to all sorts of ends. Such a beast has never before existed in the history of culture, but is almost guaranteed to grow exponentially from this day forward. This artifact can tell us extraordinary things about who we are and what we want as a culture. And it has the potential to be abused in equally extraordinary fashion. "
search  big-data  intention  human  digital  traces  data-mining  search-engine  artifact  sts  technology  technology-effects 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no. | Impact of Social Sciences
"In the information profession, there is a lot of talk about whether Google Scholar is a good resource for academics and, generally, librarians are hesitant to say that it is, especially if they work with science research. Librarians are a user-centered group, and understand that students like Google Scholar and use it often. But when science students ask about using Google Scholar for their research, many science librarians provide a response that advises students to be extra critical of search results found there or even direct them to different resources all together."
google  scholar  search-engine  scholarly-communication  libraries  search  academic 
september 2012 by tsuomela

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