Let’s start off with one of the most compelling questions of our time: what does it mean to be human in the digital age? Well, one overwhelming challenge facing us all is having digital access to more information, data and knowledge than any previous generation of humankind. A burden perhaps—at least for some. But for the majority of us, a blessing. The often invoked libertarian information-wants-to-be-free paradigm not only insists on free flow of data. All these bits and bytes in the digital domain has to be organized and found, which needless to say is the underlying rationale for the most successful web behemoth of all. Suffice to say, we all live with an increased screen attention (of various sizes), and giving computers (and their mobile clones) textual and haptical commands has also become a ubiquous normality. Access to whatever we want literally lies at our fingertips; information is there somewhere waiting—and the question are always where to look. So, you search.
Ladda ned ett första utkast av denna artikel som nästa år kommer i boken Blackwell Companion to New Media Dynamics (red.) John Hartley, Jean Burgess & Axel Bruns (London: Blackwell, 2012) här.