The Search Engine Phenomena Book Review by scribbler

A review of the book ''Search Engine Society" by Alexander Halavais.
# 152149 | 850 words | 1 source | 2012 | US

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This paper reviews the book by Alexander Halavais, entitled "Search Engine Society" which describes the impact that search engines have on the lives of many internet users all over the world. The paper provides information on each chapter in the book and concludes by stating how important search engines have become to our society.

Search Engines Overview
Search Progress
Dividing and Centralizing Power of the Search Engine
Future Development of Search

From the Paper:

''The following chapter looks at how people search and this balances the technological focus. There are different search behaviors which vary between searches and between the users. Halavais argues that there are several methods of searching and using a search engine is just one of them. This is because searching is not just the iterative process usually performed by the engine but involves seeking concepts surrounding a question or a problem. Therefore as more information becomes available, the strategies of search and query are likely to change. Three questions are addressed in the search progress. The first one is the interaction of the people with the search engines being used. Secondly is the reason for people to search and finally is whether the existence of the search engines has made the way people to search to be different. Halavais addresses the first question through he notion of literacy of search engines which is the manner in which people are accustomed to search engines and the whenever they want particular results, what ways they have learned to input as the search query. Because searching has essentially become one of the principal ways of information retrieval addresses the question of why one would search. If people are searching differently due to the existence of search engine is the concern raised by the third question. This is true because of the broader information pool provided by the search engine for people to select differently the retrieved information.''

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