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Googlization and it’s Discontents

There is a great post by Steven B via ACRLog about the proliferation of courses on Google popping up at Colleges and Universities. One of the courses he discusses in particular is at Duke University and is called, ā€œGoogle: the Computer Science Within and Its Impact on Society“. Its a freshman seminar course and discusses the implications of Google on privacy, social and economic impact and the technology behind the search engine. Steven fears a course like this may lead to the mentality that “if its not online it doesn’t exist”. I agree that that is a possibility but I think if the course is offered in the social sciences it could lead to more critical thinking about the Google empire. I especially like that the Duke course emphasizes the impact on privacy which is something many students never think about. I would also hope that some time is spent discussing how Google gets it information and why it is limited.

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