New book explores "Googlization" of PSE

February 17, 2011

In his new book, The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry), Siva Vaidhyanathan writes that Google has "contributed to the steady commercialization of higher education and the erosion of standards of information quality." He argues that Google does not reward our impulse to know; instead, it exploits it by making it seem as though knowing is easy. Vaidhyanathan has some nice things to say about Google -- it has made the Web usable, and Google Docs is a major service to PSE. He believes it is incumbent on institutions to ensure maximum user confidentiality and data security for any Google product. Inside Higher Ed