Siva Vaidhyanathan is the author of “The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry).” He’s a professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia Law School.
Vaidhyanathan says that in recent years, Google has been taking your location into account, showing you businesses in your area that deal in the type of thing you’re searching on. While that has its conveniences, it is inherently far from larger, more global retrieval of information on that subject.
He says also that we must be aware that Google is a hiding engine as much as it’s a search engine. In the process of bringing us information about what we’re searching on, Google will always favor the results that it thinks WE think will matter. But that’s not the whole Internet. He recommends combing through multiple pages of results instead of stopping on the first one. He also says we should tinker around with changing privacy settings and location settings to get a larger view of what’s out there.
Also in this program, we talk to baseball player Fernando Perez about his favorite app. It’s called Bloom and it’s designed by musician Brian Eno.
There’s a lot happening in the world. Through it all, Marketplace is here for you.
You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible.
Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.