Annotated Bibliography (A Revision Needed)

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The primary question I had of my research question was whether search engines like Google had an effect on how language is used in today’s modern world. Surprisingly there aren’t a lot of articles that pertain to this.

Marek, Kate. “Chapter 3: Installing And Configuring Google Analytics.” Library Technology Reports 47.5      (2011): 17-25. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

The closest article I’ve found so far that’s close to my originally chosen topic. It concerns itself primarily with how to filter Google specifically, but it doesn’t necessarily speak about how one’s linguistic skills are impacted by search engine terms. Language is a passing mention in this analytic article.

Shesen, Guo, and Zhang Ganzhou. “Building A Customised Google-Based Collocation Collector To Enhance Language Learning.” British Journal Of Educational Technology 38.4 (2007): 747-750. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

This article speaks to how search engines can actually impact language learning, but I’m not entirely sure if it’s entirely related to my topic so this will require further reading.

Additional Dissonance is Required

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So I want to write about this thing, but I’m not sure what to write about. I’m sorry I’ll try to be more vague. The thing in the thing is…

Oh hell, GOOGLE SEARCH.

Okay.. An hour later and that was completely pointless.

Though it made me realize something about writing. My writing specifically.

I have tailored so many terms to fit inside a search engine’s parameters. I hope I don’t have to type like a twelve-year old on his fifth Mountain Dew every time I want to look up something. I make sentences that sound like they came from something that was attempting to match human language, but just couldn’t quite get there. Have I changed my writing style to match technology?

I’m sure if aliens only had access to our search engine terms and algorithms, they may think we were all insane, or we would once they tried to communicate by saying “How to use English with aliens and UFOs?”

I had a lot of trouble thinking about a topic that would be both interesting and easily researched. I mean, I can ask how technology has affected the way I and those of my generation have composed or written just by asking how they type terms into a search bar. Maybe I can even ask them what search engine they used most frequently to sound even more accurate and pretentious.

Who the fuck uses ask.com anyway? And what the hell is an ab-redcircle-ut.com anyway?

I’m not sure anything I have ever typed into a search engine bar would make any real sense if I said it out loud in the real world. So I’m going to make up an hypothetical:

Intrepid student, Max Brewer, walks into a Gamestop

MB: Playstation vita memory card 8 gig low price?

Gamestop Employee: What?

MB: Playstation vita memory card 8 gb low price?

GSE: My name isn’t Google.

MB: Play station Vita memory card 8 gb low price?

GSE: Just grab something from the second shelf and leave me in peace!

See it really happened! The bold is good, right?

See it really happened! The bold is good, right?

I suppose one question I could ask is that has technology really changed the way I process and formulate questions? Machines are inherently not human, so I should not be confused or dazzled if I cannot ask a set of algorithms designed to search out my terms in the quickest and most accurate fashion possible how to bake a cake just right like a human being.

Though is it an entirely bad thing that we’re forced to adapt our language to that of a search engine’s? I would like to say no, because for one, I don’t like to think anything is just completely awful. Another reasons is that our language could simply be evolving and that technology now is just helping us along. Though I am reticent to consider typing terms into a search engine to be anything but a chore in word choice I would never use in any other occasion.

I haven’t even discussed the answer people usually receive from search engines yet, but if you were one of the five people in the world to not use a search engine and not be confused by the results, here is a video:

Never mind the fact that it is prompting you to use Bing. But are search engine results also affecting how we phrase questions or phrases within a search engine bar?

I can Amazon, Walmart, and Ebay myself now? What am I waiting for?!

I can Amazon, Walmart, and Ebay myself now? What am I waiting for?!

I’m driving five thousand miles per hour past a neighborhood devoted to garage sales. Big signs and vague descriptions on big signs as I speed right past them, looking for just the right result and price for my troubles.

It would be fascinating to see if search engines have in fact, affected how we process language. Does typing in the most “important” search terms lead to a more concise and straightforward language? Or is it just a further bastardization of language that has been propagated by technology and the need to absorb information in a faster digestible way?

I have no idea if the above is actually easily researched or not, but it is an interesting thought. Especially for someone who does not know how to input it into Googlese. Though I suppose that is why academic databases exist.

Anyway the summation of my reaction to my brilliant idea was thus:

I really need a galactic explosion when I think of something mind blowing.

Though I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. Thoughts?