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Google and the Digital Divide by Elad Segev

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Epilogue

The age of the so-called information society is also that of the production of mental states. It will be necessary to rethink the question of freedom and democracy. Political freedom cannot be reduced to the right to exercise one’s will. It also lies in the right to control the process whereby that will is formed. (Mattelart and Mattelart, 1998: 156)

This book attempted to disperse some of the clouds that cover ‘the process’ of our understanding of the world. It focused on the role of search engines in the growing production and consumption of information inequalities, and unveiled their particular politics of online information. It has been argued that, together with their increasing popularity, commercial considerations contribute ...

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