Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! - March 2, 2009
and Thought Control… ?
Does anybody actually use any search engine
other than Google as a first preference?
How many of us have Google as their
Who has a Google toolbar?
Who uses more than 3 Google apps on a
Who uses it for academic purposes?
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
1) The net (and Google in particular) is reshaping
the way we think.
2) Turning our backs on printed technology is
turning our backs on all the advancements that
come along with the printing press.
3) Google thinks of information as a
commodity, and intelligence as the result of a
4) Google’s concept of knowledge deprives us of
certain pleasures to be found in
ambiguous, non-mechanical thinking.
1) Google is a democratic and unbiased
(Problems with the objectivity of the Algorithm?)
2) The advantages of Google’s automated
processes and many, and easy to observe.
3) Google’s method of targeted advertising is
more successful than other attempts.
4) ‘Social search’ as a possible
alternative/competitor to PageRank*?
5) “More data is better data”.
1) Google as an academic tool
“Google Scholar aims to sort articles the way researchers
do, weighing the full text of each article, the author, the
publication in which the article appears, and how often the
piece has been cited in other scholarly literature. The most
relevant results will always appear on the first page”1.
a) Advantages and Disadvantages*
b) Closest competitors
2) Evaluating information from the internet
1 http://scholar.google.com.au/intl/en/scholar/about.html* 23
Susan B. Barnes, Linda R. Barr & Marie L. Radford*
1) The article I had big problems with.
2) Anti-internet bias.
a) No online references in their reference list
b) Scare quotes around “publishing” on the internet (pg. 56)
c) That the democratic nature of the internet is ruining
3) Maybe in 1999, but not in 2006…
“One mistake students typically make is to assume that all
information on the web is of equal value”.
‘Better Searching through Science’ David Voss
‘Search Technologies for the Internet’ Monika Henzinger
‘The Triumph of Expediency: The Impact of Google Scholar on Library
Instruction’ David Ettinger
‘Confessions of a Librarian or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and love
Google’ Claire B. Gunnels, Amy Sisson
‘Google in Perspective: Understanding and Enhancing Student Search
Skills’ Nancy J. Becker
‘Building the Mind of God’ Julian Dibbell
‘An Opportunity, Not a Crisis: How Google Is Changing the Individual and
the Information Profession’ Kay Cahill
Find these at http://www.diigo.com/list/kathrynknight/DRP&v=p (until I can import them into
the class list).