Social Formation

According to Vaidhyanathan, before Google, the World Wide Web was a menacing assortment that was interconnected and yet was not indexed. The system was characterized by too much clutter and confusion. Sifting valuable information from that which is trashy was not possible. However, the emergence of Google introduced a new and better World Wide Web system that was clean, pure, and simple. The ranking of the pages in the system was legit and was based on the significance of the information as portrayed by Vaidhyanathan as he asserts, “It accepted no money for ranking one page higher in a search than the other” (Vaidhyanathan, 1). Additionally, the ranking of the information retrieved from Google was not biased and was democratic. The significance of the pages was determined by the frequency at which they were visited. Frequently visited pages implied that the information was highly valuable as portrayed by Vaidhyanathan when he claims, “And it offered what seemed to be neutral, democ...