The Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines

Search engines are some of the most commonly accessed Web sites online. Millions of people turn to search engines daily to find information about news, health concerns, products, government services, their new neighbors, natural disasters and a myriad of other topics. At the same time, recent trends suggest that the search engine market is shrinking, with fewer large players guiding users? online behavior than ever before. Despite the crucial role…

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Google, Wikipedia and More

I was talking about Wikipedia, and he launched into a rant about its failings. In particular, he complained about the several inaccuracies in an article about a topic with which he was deeply familiar. “So,” I asked, “did you fix them?” “No,” he responded, “I don’t have time for that kind of thing.” Talk about not getting it. –Dan Gillmor –Google, Wikipedia and More (Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism, Etc.) In…

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Essays: Second Series [1844]: The Poet

The poets made all the words, and therefore language is the archives of history, and, if we must say it, a sort of tomb of the muses For, though the origin of most of our words is forgotten, each word was at a stroke of genius, and obtained currency, because for the moment it symbolizes the world to the first speaker and to the hearer. The etymologist finds the deadest…

Study Calls for Tenure Flexibility

Ten presidents and chancellors of prominent research universities, in a report written with the American Council on Education and released Thursday, called for innovations such as giving young academics more time during child-rearing years to complete research before being put up for tenure. –Study Calls for Tenure Flexibility (AP/My Way) See the PDF exectuive summary of the full report.

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A (Very) Brief History of the English Language

Many students having difficulty understanding Shakespeare would be surprised to learn that he wrote in modern English. But, as can be seen in the earlier example of the Lord’s Prayer, Elizabethan English has much more in common with our language today than it does with the language of Chaucer. Many familiar words and phrases were coined or first recorded by Shakespeare, some 2,000 words and countless catch-phrases are his. Newcomers…