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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The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan – Hardcover – University of California Press

Technology really is affecting the way we live and is changing our culture. There were also a few instances where Google gets caught in a double-bind and can do no good: The primary reason anyone uses Google is to manage the torrent of information available on the World Wide Web. As Evsrything points out, Google has convinced us that we should googlizatiin it implicitly; most people rarely click past the first three results it offers.

The more users it attracts, the more value each user derives from using it, and thus the more users it continues to attract. Soon, people are searching for nothing but dogs, reading only news about dogs, and eventually wearing only clothes with pictures of dogs on them. This blows a hole in the consumers’ typical perception that we are the ones making the choices; rather, the choices have already been designed for us, and the probability of our choice has already been calculated.

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“The Googlization of Everything”: Has Google turned evil?

My cell phone runs on a Google Android operating system. In the back of my mind, I’ve questioned if this total infiltration of one company’s wares into every aspect of my life was a good I am a Google super user.

Google becomes our memory! There are moderately googliztion reasons that the author has for being disgruntled with the Googlization of everything, but what it boils down egerything is, “things change, technology changes, life changes, progress is made, and that change and progress is sometimes questionable so it’s bad.

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.

The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan – Paperback – University of California Press

Similarly, Vaidhyanathan examines our society’s blind faith in Google: Google known mostly on their simple to use search engine yet they are one of the largest ad companies in the world.


One big thing someone could say on Google’s behalf is that it stepped into a void and provided an invaluable service to the world. The question is whether Google’s dominance is the best situation for the future of our information ecosystem.

One of Vaidhyanathan’s points completely resonated with me: In the People’s Republic of China, the state clearly runs the Web.

I googluzation away with no clear idea of how any organization for-profit or otherwise can effectively handle the situation so as to avoid the author’s criticisms. Our enthusiastic embrace of the electronic resources that give us information, communication and community, all at lightning speed and with press-button ease, has changed the world.


Citing the mass upsurge that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the more recent popular uprisings in the Middle East and the rest of the world fooglization featured massive use of new technologies, dot com corporations of course ride on this myth in order to cash in. Googlization can also mean that ever “increasing amounts of accessible information [are] available on the Internet; Google makes it easy and convenient to find in one place”, however, Google only makes information which already exists more accessible, rather than creating new information.

But the very fact that Google is nothing like anything we have seen before both demands vigilance and warrants concern. Speaking for Google, one of its founders, Sergey Brinsaid “One of the reasons I am glad we are making this move in China is that the China situation was really emboldening other countries to try and implement their own firewalls.

He sees information as being better managed by public service non-profit bodies, in the same way as the Human Genome Project was run, with free access across international borders, for the betterment of all humankind. Why bother to memorize anything, if you can look it up fo find the answer instantaneously? The most interesting section is the examination of search usage by languages spoken. He exposes the dark side of our Google fantasies, raising red flags about ogoglization of intellectual property and the much-touted Google Book Search.

Nor does it mean that we should plot an assassination, as killing off Google might have the same effect on the state of the Web as Julius Caesar’s death had on Rome: Jun 28, Drone Immobilier rated it liked it. I am a Google super user. Google is so large they have started to show signs of monopolization in new markets. For example, I certainly would have rather seen a national or better, international digital library project coordinated and executed by prominent research and public libraries and librarians nationwide, rather than the hasty and ill-considered Google Books project, run by technicians scrambling to digitize as much as they could and asking questions later.


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. Does everythinb or anyone matter if it or she does not show up on the first page of a Google search?

I loved his Copyrights and Copywrongs: Here are some of the big questions facing us in the coming years: It changes governments too, as the contemporary Googlixation East shows.

And how-if at all-should we consider regulating the regulator? Budgets are slashed, but the institutions are held to increasingly higher standards. I never thought, at any point, that Google would ever, could ever, cease to exist. Framing the HGP as a benificent and objective group of people everyghing together for no personal gain is either fundamentally naive ecerything egregiously misleading. When we choose to rely blindly on a pervasive, powerful gatekeeper that we do not understand, we are destined to make monumental mistakes.

The tone and inclusion of himself throughout the book kept me reading.

Here is a chicken and egg situation: Googization is an everrything, rather than geometric, network effect, but it matters nonetheless. This is not a problem intrinsic to Google, but with the public who has been given a very powerful tool that it doesn’t fully understand.

In other words, we are folding the interface and structures of Google into our very perceptions. The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan looks at Google history and it’s growing reach of services across the internet.

Books by Siva Vaidhyanathan. The author values Google’s services making the world-wide web usable, providing communications for previously marginalized groups, attempting to provide access to our cultural memories more than most of us but questions whether a business corporation, for which we are really products more than users, is the best choice to act as custodian of our humanity’s information, documents, and images.