Visualizing Poster Activity on Usenet

(Cross-posted from the MITH blog.) One of the biggest challenges of working with Usenet Archives is their sheer size. For my five newsgroup collections, the average message count is between roughly 50,000 to 100,000 per archive. (To place that in context to recent news stories, presidential candidate HIllary Clinton’s private…

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Book Review: The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry)

The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry), By Siva Vaidhyanathan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Google’s omnipresence has become something of a cultural meme, as it seeks to “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” (Google 2012). Even Google has mocked of its own pervasiveness, with its 2009…

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