Readings Carr, Nicholas. (2008). “Is Google Making us Stupid?”, Atlantic.com. Washington D.C: The Atlantic. Stross, Randall. (2008). “The Algorithm”. In Planet Google: how one company is transforming our lives (pp. 63-88). London: Atlantic Books.
Algorithms An algorithm is a set of rules for solving a particular problem; it’s the essential building block used in constructing complex computer software (Stross, R. 2008). Read more definitionsonWikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm
Classquestions How many of you use Google as your first choice? How many of you use any of the competitors, such as Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo or Ask?
Classquestions Why do you use the preferred search engine? Are you conscious about it, or do you just use it because everyone else does? Do you use the word search engine or do you say googling?
Google has infiltratedourlangage Googling is defined as a transitive verb according to the dictionary and thesaurus Merriam Webster. Link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/googling
Is Googlestupidifying? Is Google making us stupid? Carrarguesthatourbrain has adapted to thewayGoogle present information to us. Insteadofreading in depthbooks and articles, wenowscanliteraturequickly to findwhatwearelooking for.
Algorithmbasedsearchengine Link: www.google.com
Googletranslate Link: http://translate.google.com
Googlemaps Link: http://maps.google.com.au
Googlesatelite Link: http://maps.google.com.au
Google News Better than Yahoo? Link: www.news.google.com.au
GoogleScholar Link: http://scholar.google.com/
Googlebooks Link: http://books.google.com.au
Google images Link: www.google.images.com.au
Link: https://www.google.com/accounts Gmail
Classquestions Do you agree with Carr? Or do you think it’s the other way around? By having all sorts of information accessible, we get to it easier; hence, we learn more? Can the accessible information indeed wipe out some of the differences between those with a university degree, scholars and so on and people with no higher education?
Otheruseful online resources John Battelle’s searchblog John Battelle is a journalist as well as founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing. He has been a visiting professor of journalism at UC Berkeley and also maintains Searchblog. The blog covers search, technology, and media. Battelle is one of the original founders of Wired magazine http://battellemedia.com
Otheruseful online resources SearchEngineWatch http://searchenginewatch.com SearchEngine Land http://searchengineland.com/ SearchEngine Journal http://www.searchenginejournal.com/ Mashable, The social Media Guide http://mashable.com
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