[Air-l] Re: politics and ideology of search engines

Eszter Hargittai eszterlists at netscape.net
Tue Jun 11 10:53:40 PDT 2002

Christian Sandvig recently pointed me to an interesting edited volume
on this topic:
Preferred Placement by R. Rogers

Preferred placement turns the tables on web analysis to date. Instead of
celebrating the web and all its prospects for creative artistry, democracy
and e-commerce, the volume authors calmly go backstage. How are search
engines, portals, default settings and collaborative filtering formatting
the surfer and offering passage to the media? A colourful spectrum of
thinkers queries the medium's preferencing and recommendation mechanisms
with an eye towards articulating, and learning from, the new politics of
knowledge on the web.
Contributions, among others, by: Matthew Chalmers, Martin Dodge, Greg
Elmer, Lucas Introna and Helen Nissenbaum, Noortje Marres, Ian Morris,
Korinna Patelis, Richard Rogers, Gerald Wagner, Steve Woolgar
(from http://www.janvaneyck.nl/publications/pubinf/rogers.html )

Nicole, I'll keep you posted re the results from an empirical follow-up of
what I discuss in the conceptual piece you referred to.


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