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Google and the Digital Divide by Elad Segev

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Mass media channels and the world of Google News

It is not just the queries used in search engines that can reveal something about the digital divide of information, but also the information that is organised and disseminated by the search engines themselves. This is particularly true if search engines are perceived as the gatekeepers for the growing volume of political, economic and social information online. While many scholars have described the role of previous mass media channels in shaping the way people envision and understand the world (McLuhan, 1964; B. Anderson, 1983; Foster, 1991; Robertson, 1992), the increasing connectivity of online networks and their global diffusion, entails the possibility of challenging this imagining in ...

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