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DH Read: “Standard practice: Libraries as structuring machines”

Emily Drabinski’s “Standard practice: Libraries as structuring machines,” originally posted on Parameters, is a piece that connects to some of the same issues I discussed last week with the article “For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest.” Drabinski starts out by arguing that, “Libraries are highly organized spaces, defined and produced by standards that determine everything from where a book sits…

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DH Read: “For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest”

Ian Bogost has an article at The Atlantic about Google’s new “Classic Papers” section of Google Scholar, where articles from 2006 are selected on the basis of the number of citations since then. Bogost explains the difference between value and popularity and reveals how Google’s monopoly over information discovery has changed how we think about knowledge and information: PageRank and Classic…

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DH Read: “‘The Brave Little Surveillance Bear’ and Other Stories We Tell About Robots Raising Children”

In the text of a talk by Audrey Watters at the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) summer 2017 conference, Watters focuses on the technologies of the home and the stories we tell about them in order to “’defamiliarize’ a discussion of education technology.” As someone who has been critical of NMC’s Horizon Project, (which, according to their website, is “designed to identify and…

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