The Googlization of Everything: (and why We Should Worry)

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University of California Press, 2012 - Social Science - 265 pages
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"Eloquent and urgent public thinking of the rarest kind, on a subject with the most encompassing implications for our world. Please read it today."- Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude

"While there have been other books chronicling the company's amazing rise, I know of none that looks so broadly and smartly, soberly but entertainingly, at the implications of this giant new global fact of life. Siva Vaidhyanathan has set the table brilliantly for one of the most important conversations of the early 21st century."- Kurt Andersen, author of Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America and radio host, Studio 360

"Vaidhyanathan is everything you could want in a cultural critic: funny, fantastically readable, and insightful as hell. It's always a treat when a new Vaidhyanathan comes out."--Cory Doctorow, author of For the Win and co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net)

"Siva Vaidhyanathan's lively, thoughtful, and wide-ranging book makes clear, in detail, how Google is reshaping the way we live and work. 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."--Anthony Grafton, author of Codex in Crisis

"A provocative and irreverent book that aims to knock the Google-dust out of our eyes and teach us to be much more aware of the ruthless logic of Google's growing power over how we view information and understand our world."- Pamela Samuelson, Berkeley Law School

"This is a critically important book because it's really about the Googlization of All of Us. 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 forces us to think long and hard about taking responsibility for what we all know and how we know it."--Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor of Slate Magazine

"This is such an important book--courageous and wise, with not an ounce of blather or hyperbole. Vaidhyanathan reminds us that 'We are not Google's customers: we are its products,' and then explores the many profound implications of this reality. It's going to be a long Age of Google, and we're going to need this book throughout." - David Shenk, author of Data Smog and The Genius in All of Us

"A powerful and gripping tour de force. 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."-Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch and Professor, Columbia Law School

"This is an important and timely topic, and Vaidhyanathan's head and heart are in the right place to guide the public through the thickets of 'googlization'."--Paul Duguid, co-author of The Social Life of Information

"Finely written and engaging, this is a book for anyone who has used Google."--Toby Miller, author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention
  

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User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

I recommend reading Emma Sea's review of this book, she brings up many of the same points I would have and says it much better than I ever could. Definitely an interesting read. Read full review

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User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

One thing that particularly impressed me about this book is the author's principled commitment to Enlightenment values that have gone out of style nowadays, such as reason and the public good. Read full review

Contents

The Gospel of Google
1
How Google Came to Rule the Web
13
Faith in Aptitude and Technology
51
Universal Surveillance and Infrastructural Imperialism
82
Prospects for a Global Public Sphere
115
The Future of Books
149
Information Overload Filters and the Fracturing of Knowledge
174
The Human Knowledge Project
199
Acknowledgments
211
Notes
219
Index
257
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About the author (2012)

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Family Professor of Media Studies and Law and Chair of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, and the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System.

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