Siva Vaidhyanathan, cultural historian and media scholar at the University of Virginia, is the keynote speaker today at the Connecticut Library Conference in Cromwell. He is best known for his 2012 book, The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry), which is quoted below:
We thought we were users of Google. We thought we were in charge of what we searched for. In fact, we are Google’s products, not its users. Blinded by our love of its convenience, we never noticed that it was making deep decisions about what “the best” information for us was, and we didn’t notice that it was riding to success on our private lives.
In his final chapter he proposes a “Human Knowledge Project.” He makes a persuasive argument for this undertaking “designed by people who are thinking about what sort of world we want to live and learn in, rather than what sort of market-driven priorities we want to prejudice the issues.” If you want to learn more, the book is available in the Hoffman Family Library.