More on the cultural imperialism of the Internet

In his slender, elegantly reasoned volume, Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe, Jean Noël Jenneney points to the danger of Google’s Library project and prods Europeans to act.  Google’s random digitization of books from a few partner libraries, and its reliance on works written mostly in English, the project extends the reach of America’s cultural dominance.  In spite of what Google may claim, he argues, “there can be no universal library, only specific ways of looking at what is universal.”

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