[Air-L] research protocols in search engines

Alex Halavais alex at halavais.net
Fri Oct 16 13:16:09 PDT 2015

I am afraid that I don't have a good answer to this question. I am,
however, intrigued by the phrase "algorithmic distortion" in search as
it suggests the existence of an un-distorted search. Just as a lense
is made to distort light, a search engine is made to distort the
corpus it is searching. I wonder (paging Innis) if there is a case for
the existence of unalgorithmed data. It seems unlikely...

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 3:34 AM, Donatella Selva
<donatellaselva at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Aoirsts,
> I am trying to find some common research protocol to use search engines for
> social research.
> In particular, I am interested in the following topics:
> - how to compensate for algorithmic distorsions
> - how many pages of results must be consulted
> I am sure the community of Aoirsts could help me :)
> Thank you in advance and have a good day!
> Donatella Selva
> Postdoc researcher at Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations
> Luiss University, Italy
> @donaselva
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// Alexander Halavais, Sociologist, Semiologist, and Saboteur Extraordinaire
// Associate Professor of Social Technologies, Arizona State University
// http://alex.halavais.net/bio     @halavais

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