I never thought of the internet of the '90s in terms of its "imagined audience." One of [my] school librarians would recommend Google to [us] students, and I myself thought of it and the Web as a digital library.
Not anymore. Google, Facebook and other social media may be of public interest, but they're not a public service. They're commercial enterprises and publicly traded. Not a problem. Nonetheless, I agree with the professor when she notes the library (I'll emphasize public library) and librarians as another resource for research and information.
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including the one on "Bias in Commercial Search Engines: A Conversation With Safiya Umoja Noble" by Gallup, at landturn.com/blog.
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