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Lev-On, Azi. 2008. The democratizing effects of search engine use: On chance exposures and organizational hubs. In Web Search: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Amanda Spink and Michael Zimmer, pp. 135-150. New York: Springer.

In this paper I highlight two implications of the widespread use of search engines, which are often overlooked by commentators. In the first part of the paper I argue that search engines are conducive to unplanned exposures to diverse and even opposing views. In the second part I argue that search engines indirectly contribute to emergent political organization, since they allow large numbers of people to locate and access organizational hubs of collective action. I conclude by pointing to the democratic significance of these properties.


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