Digging for the disintegrative nature of digital technologies

Research shows that most people search for their own name first when coming across a new search engine. I’m no exception and for years I’ve had the plan to create a definitive search results page of everything that comes up when I search for my self. Not so much because anyone may be interested in a comprehensive list, more as a means to explore how new, alternative search engines find different stuff. Today I tried deepdyve, a search engine that justifies its existence “because traditional search engines do not deliver the quality results that information-savvy consumers and professionals need.” [source no longer available] For $45 per month (that’s $540 per year, more than many people pay for CATV) you get deepdyve Pro, that offers “Dynamic Grouping, Visual Clustering and Venn Diagrams”. The interface offers advanced search but does not recognize “Florian Brody” as a text string and thus returns 90% irrelevant stuff. Their Blog has an interesting mélange of content – most recently an entry on the “unbunding of content“.

I found one critical commentary on a paper I gave in 1995 in a research journal that requires a subscription, but deepdyve offers a detailed view with the complete paper “Contradicion versus Convergence” by Charles Tashiro: “Whether or not we agree with Brody’s late-Romantic argument, it seems strangely out of keeping with the disintegrative nature of digital technologies, their capacity to change and transform, even if completely in keeping with the formalist rhetoric underpinning many of the ideas and presentations at the conference”.

Today – 14 years later – I’m still right 😉 and hoping that this will change soon. Search engines on the other side have not caught up with the writings of the world and possibly never will, never should.

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