A volume of studies on:
Searching the Net in the Google Age
Edited by Jonathan James
Manuscript chapter due: May 1, 2013
The World Wide Web is approximately two decades old, but it has transformed the way we think, work, collaborate, interact socially, engage in commerce and participate in politics. Central to the technological advancement of the World Wide Web is the critical role the internet plays in the access of information resources. Never in the history of mankind has there been such an opportunity to access virtual libraries on a plethora of subjects in real time. Search engines like Google offer an ever increasing array of information together with improved technology. However, in all the morass of web data there are both valuable treasures of information as well an incredible amount of junk. The challenge today’s generation faces is how to discern the difference.
This book seeks to understand the dilemmas, opportunities, obstacles and threats involved in the information searching habits of a cross section of internet users ranging from children to senior citizens and the disabled. Each of the chapters asks the questions:
-What topics are people searching for?
-Why are they searching?
-How are they searching?
The chapters also deal with the impact of this searching generation – both how searching affects us (the searchers) and how institutions and governments can and may use search profile data for their own ends. Hence the issues related to privacy, confidentiality of searches and surveillance are also raised in this study.
There will be 7 main chapters along with an introductory chapter by the editor:
Purposeful searching: Training students in internet literacy for Italian Studies by Etain Watson
Searching for French Civilization: Reflections on situating information literacy skills by Carmel O'Reilly
Web 2.0 resources to support bilingual education across Europe: Challenges, needs and search habits by M. Dolores Ramirez-Verdugo
Seniors searching the net: A case study of the Intergenerational Learning Program in Dublin City University by Cathy Fowley
Searching religion on the net by Paul E. Teusner
Using parental controls to safeguard children's on line activities by Bogdan Patrut
Beyond searching: Surveillance, privacy and control in today's public sphere by Jonathan James
Published in English, the book will be purchasable in paperback and accessible online free of charge.
Dr. Jonathan D. James, a researcher on Media, Culture and Religion is an adjunct Lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He has published articles in refereed journals in UK, North America and Australia and is the author of McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics:Televangelism in Contemporary India (Sage, 2010). His research interests include: the social effects of new media, cultural globalization and intercultural studies.
-Prof. M. J. Day, Professor of English, Northern Illinois University, USA; Co-Editor of book: The Online Writing Classroom (2000).
-Dr. P. Allmark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia; General Editor of Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies.
-Prof. Y. S. Reddy, Professor and Head, Centre for Folk Culture Studies, University of Hyderabad, India.
-Dr. J. E. James, formerly Visiting Assoc. Professor (Linguistics), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Editor: RELC Journal.
-Dr. B. Josephi, Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia; author of : Journalism Education in Countries with Limited Media Freedom (2010).
Deadlines and important dates
-Submission of abstracts: February 15, 2013
-Decisions to authors: March 1, 2013
-Manuscript chapter due: May 1, 2013
-Notifications to authors (first review): June 15, 2013
-Manuscript file due (final draft): July 15, 2013
-Notification of acceptance to authors: August 10, 2013
-Expected date of release: November 30, 2013
Any questions on this project?
You are more than welcome to contact the editor at email@example.com.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Jonathan James