By Andrew White (auth.)
Referencing key modern debates on concerns like surveillance, identification, the worldwide monetary hindrance, the electronic divide and net politics, Andrew White offers a serious intervention in discussions at the effect of the proliferation of electronic media applied sciences on politics, the economic climate and social practices.
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05 per cent of total characters, or one in 2,000), then the universality of the library is called into question. Only Public to Private: The Digitization of Scholarship 21 a very few of the accounts or critiques of Google Books discuss the actual quality of its digital copies. Of those that do, Jones (2010) and Duguid (2007) identiﬁed an alarmingly high number of images that it would not be possible to convert into machine-readable text, while a more positive account by James (2010) identiﬁed errors in less than 1 per cent of the pages he sampled.
Walter Ong (1982) and Marshall McLuhan (1964) argued that what they termed ‘electric media’ would so transform literate societies that they would share many of the characteristics of the oral societies that preceded them. Neither theorist was discussing digital media, but they are considered prophetic in the context of the capacity of social media to challenge our long-held concept 36 Politics and Digital Media of privacy to such an extent that it does not seem entirely improbable to argue that it now has a similarly ancillary status to that which it had in fully oral societies.
At the same time, the convenience of Internet searching makes it an attractive option that they are not going to forgo in their academic studies anytime soon. There are some, especially the commentators mentioned in the last paragraph, who believe that the Internet represents a democratization of information and therefore is a welcome departure from authority-based knowledge development (Friedman 2006: 176–185). But the need to sift credible sources of information from the not-so-credible is accepted even by some of the most enthusiastic advocates of user generated 18 Politics and Digital Media content (Gillmor 2010).