The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication invites submissions to a special issue on the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of search engines. Guest editor Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University’s Web Use Project seeks to bring together a wide range of disciplinary views to consider what is known about the present and future of the use, design, and meanings of search engines. Some possible topics:
–Who uses search engines and for what purposes?
–What are the effects of search engine use on mass- and interpersonal communication?
–How do search engines shape online identity management and representation?
–Are there any potential alternatives to commercial search engines?