librarians’ search for neutrality a precursor to debate over Google rankings

“The idea that search engines can, or should, be neutral can be traced back to a movement of leftist librarians in the 1970s. Led by Sanford Berman, one of the first to bring social rebellion into the library, radical librarians argued that the system used to organize books was inherently biased and racist because it reflected a Western perspective.”

3 comments for “librarians’ search for neutrality a precursor to debate over Google rankings

  1. Dave Lull
    06Oct10 at 12:43

    Rory Litwin says that there’s an “Inaccuracy in Adbusters article”:

    http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/?p=2452

  2. 06Oct10 at 2:47

    That comment by “well drilling Australia” is spam, though not terribly obvious as such.

    Down Cut Shin Creek is a nice book–and one I found, incidentally, after mentioning your “bibliomulas” post (from years ago) to a coworker.

  3. 06Oct10 at 10:36

    Thanks for that update Dave, that’s a really interesting article. And yeah John, I removed that comment.

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