Communication Studies 046 (Eisenberg-Todd): Public WWW

Challenges of the Public Web and Search Engines

Deceptive news stories (i.e. "Fake News") in social media is due to Bots (Software programs) creating phony IDS that "like" or link to these sources.  However, search engines have been manipulated this way since the birth of the internet.  Deceptive, phony, and racist websites have often appeared in the top of search results such as Google.  It is why you MUST look at public websites with SCRUTINY.

Deceptive and Disturbing Sites

Dr. Safiya Noble's Presentation at CARL, 2016

Stereotypes of Mexican Americans

Stereotypes are often reinforced by media and news stories.  Below is an example how cartoons could actually shape young minds to think particular races, genders, and types of persons in a very simplistic lens.  

Wounded Knee and American Indian Movement at the Oscars

Public WWW Sites Selected by Librarians

Dr. Safiya Noble Lecture Presentation (Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression)

Google--Smart Searching

Smart Searching Google

1.  Log out of Igoogle or Gmail if you're logged on (otherwise you're in the filtered bubble)

2.  Phrases always in quotation marks.

3.  At Search Results page, always select the gear icon on the top right and select Advanced.

4.  In Advanced, Enter more terms in the top bars.

5.  Limit by domain (such as .edu, .gov or .org) OR limit by file type (such as .PDF)

You should NEVER have to go through millions of results ever again.

In general:

1.  I Feel Lucky is NEVER an option for a true researcher.

2.  Search Google with your Google profile turned off (Email, Igoogle, Google Docs, etc.)

3. Wikipedia entries-- only useful if you look at and evaluate what the sources are for the entry.  Wikipedia by itself is NOT reliable.

4.  Avoid ads (shaded portions, right side entries, etc.)