Jonathan James (editor)

A volume of studies on:

Searching the Net in the Google Age

Edited by Jonathan James

Second Call for Papers:
Looking for, but not inclusive to, two contributors for seniors and youth and their use of the internet and search engines.

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.

Editor

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.

Reading committee

-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).

Important dates (second call for papers)

-Submission of abstracts: October 6, 2013
-Manuscript chapter due: November 15, 2013
-Expected date of release: May, 2014

Any questions on this project?
You are more than welcome to contact the editor at j.james@ecu.edu.au.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Dr Jonathan James