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‘Power on’: Googlecracy, privatisation and the standardisation of sources

Souto-Otero, Manuel and Beneito-Montagut, Roser ORCID: 2013. ‘Power on’: Googlecracy, privatisation and the standardisation of sources. Journal of Education Policy 28 (4) , pp. 461-500. 10.1080/02680939.2013.775347

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The paper aims to contribute to the sociological analysis of power through the study of the structuration and retrieval of information on the internet. The main argument of the paper is that, paradoxically, in an age when the availability of information has increased exponentially, there is a risk that diversity in the use of sources for the construction of knowledge becomes more restricted than in the past and that information search moves towards greater objectification and centralisation. Knowledge management systems increasingly shape the ways in which we think about the questions we ask and how we try to answer them, which raises fundamental and largely neglected questions for education policy. The paper illustrates these trends with particular reference to the use of Google and Google Scholar.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sociology, critical analysis
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0268-0939
Date of Acceptance: 7 February 2013
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 08:28

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