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Against Search: Towards A New Computational Logic of Media Accessibility
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
2013 (English)In: A companion to new media dynamics / [ed] John Hartley, Jean Burgess & Axel Bruns, London: Blackwell Publishing, 2013, 261-273 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Let's start off with one of the most compelling questions of our time: what does it mean to be human in the digital age? Well, one overwhelming challenge facing us all is having digital access to more information, data and knowledge than any previous generation of humankind. A burden perhaps—at least for some. But for the majority of us, a blessing. The often invoked libertarian information-wants-to-be-free paradigm not only insists on free flow of data. All these bits and bytes in the digital domain has to be organized and found, which needless to say is the underlying rationale for the most successful web behemoth of all. Suffice to say, we all live with an increased screen attention (of various sizes), and giving computers (and their mobile clones) textual and haptical commands has also become a ubiquous normality. Access to whatever we want literally lies at our fingertips; information is there somewhere waiting—and the question are always where to look. So, you search.

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London: Blackwell Publishing, 2013. 261-273 p.
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against search, digital access, "Search Studies"/"Think Culture", Googlization, WikiLeaks/The Pirate Bay, "search" and media dynamics, haptic immersion, archival accessibility, "Transcribe Bentham", Digging into Data Challenge
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Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93636DOI: 10.1002/9781118321607.ch16ISBN: 978-1-4443-3224-7ISBN: 9781118321638OAI: diva2:750465
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2016-07-02

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