The Googlization of Everything has ratings and 86 reviews. Emma Sea said: Ok, so firstly, thank you Siva Vaidhyanathan for picking a book title that. Available at Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Googlization of Everything ( And Why We Should Worry), Berkeley, CA,. University of California Press, In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion. Into this creativ.

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Google gives us more everythng what everthing want. As a librarian, I can attest that it has changed the way I do my job and the way that patrons expect to receive their information. I love the central thesis–that we cannot trust a corporation with such massive responsibility, but need an NGO public org of some sort I didn’t overcome much of my pro-Google bias by reading this book, which is disappointing.

Google’s other products are just as easy.

He argues that we should work toward a publicly-overseen entity a ‘Human Knowledge Project’ that would work toward these ends in everythign open and enduring way and resist the temptation ot let Google do this for us through laziness, unwillingness to financially gokglization such a project, or a lack of political will.

What sorts of trouble is Google causing for states and firms? When Google refused to prevent Yooglization users from potentially infringing copyrights and instead relied on the provisions of copyright law that protect service providers such as Google from liability, Viacom sued in a naked attempt to change the law.

In Vaidhyanathan’s book he suggests that Google has provided a currently positive and helpful search engine for the internet community. I love that I can find whatever I need, however, they have been working on blocking access to lots of sites, in particular, sites that aggregate news stories from other sites Feb 05, Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok Shelves: The motto “Don’t be evil” has never been part of its public face, Vaidhyanathan says; it was we the users who wished it to succeed because we applauded those aspects of it that were genuinely applaudable — the commitment to openness, fraternity, little or no control or censorship, open code, the democratic process of lots of people building amazing facilities for the Web.


Its launch was marred by too much publicity and attention. What would happen to all of that information and many people’s way of life, mine included, if Google went bankrupt or disappeared completely?

The point that Vaidhyanathan makes is that while Google might have been a viable contender in this conversation, the conversation never happened.

The Googlization of Everything: by Siva Vaidhyanathan

A training montage follows. Who would make the call about what is the ‘best’ result for us?

Searching for “God” from everythijg computer located in West Virginia, he observes, brings up mostly results for “evangelical Protestant Christianity” and a few for atheism, but the first page of results contains nothing whatsoever for Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism or Judaism.

It facilitates payment for Web-based commerce through Google Checkout. There was no really effective way of finding information on the Internet until Google created it, remedying a market failure and reaping the just reward for doing so. Apr 17, Carey Gibbons rated it did not like it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Instead, Google is also a monumental collection of physical sites such as research labs, server farms, data networks, and sales offices. I prefer Google and I didn’t need to read this book to know that Google likes and wants people to prefer their products and services.

There are many other ways we now obtain information on the internet. His tone is conversational yet matter of fact without coming across as condescending or a know-it-all.


Private actors filled the vacuum… In such circumstances, the failure of public institutions gives rise to the circular logic that dominates political debate. As news break out of how our iPhones are recording locations and Google’s spiders copying everything published on the internet the question of should how it be organized versus on who should is not discussed enough. Still, architecture and state-generated law govern imperfectly. Do we have to wait for the world to be civilized enough for a Human Knowledge Project to become feasible, or would it only become civilized enough if such a project existed?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. However, there were search-engine companies before Google, and several competitors still do just as good a job linking people to information as Google does.


That would be a resource for mankind worthy of the name. The argumentation was spotty an anecdote about your one journalist friend who defaults to Google Docs does not suffice to show that the company stifles innovative competitors and most chapters failed to coalesce “How Google Came to Rule the Web” explains no such thing. Sep 04, Tucker rated it really liked it.

If Google keeps such content available beyond a certain tolerance limit, it opens itself to backlash or even prosecution. If only one person in the world used Gmail, it would still be valuable googlozation her, because it can work well with every other everyfhing e-mail interface.

Google has used its “sterling reputation” to argue that it can provide this and associated services faster, cheaper and better than public bodies can. It wasn’t a long book to start with, but it took a bit to fight through because it stays kind of abstract.

Google’s saturation as a search index is highest in multi-lingual countries and amongst multi-language speakers. One of the reasons I review books googlizwtion so that, if they are like this one, you don’t have to.

The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry)

And when telecommunication companies that act as Internet service providers tried to alter how the Internet works by charging fees to services that might wish to have their content delivered faster-and thus downgrade service for those that didn’t pay-Google lobbied to preserve “network neutrality.

But as Vaidhyanathan points out: Quotes from The Googlization How was Google able to assume this role so quietly and profit so handsomely from it? Published March 8th by University of California Press first published The Googlization of Us: The Googlization of Everything: The next level of Google’s responsibility is for what it “hosts and serves.