Cultures of Search in the Social Study of Information

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  • Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
  • Information Studies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-47
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Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventACSIS Conference: In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities, 2015 - Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, Sweden
Duration: 2015 Jun 152015 Jun 17

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With digital infrastructures now permeating most aspects of society, online search has become integral to everyday life in unprecedented ways. Looking for information is today mostly done online and mediated through the various tools and devices that we carry with us on a daily basis. This way search is enmeshed into our cultural practices and everyday life, yet it often remains invisible. Furthermore, algorithms and economic interests organise search and thus contribute to structuring private as much as professional lives and public and personal memories. Being searchable is a feature of information that is culturally and socially structured and which needs to be explored from a variety of perspectives in order to understand the currently on-going “searchification” of society. This session wants to put the spotlight on the narratives, ideologies, ethical dimensions, and also the mundane practices tied to online search - its meaning, function, implications and limits - in contemporary society.

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