'Power on': Googlecracy, privatisation and the standardisation of sources

Manuel Souto-Otero, Roser Beneito-Montagut

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-500
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Education Policy
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date19 Mar 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

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