Stephen E. Arnold: The Death of Useful Search

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Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Search Engine Optimization: Chasing Semantic Search

I have read a number of articles about search engine optimization (SEO) and Web search. From my point of view, the SEO sector wants to do more than destroy relevance. SEO seeks to undermine the meaning of discourse. For some marketers, the destruction of meaning is a good thing. A Web site and its content will be disconnected from what the information the user seeks. The user, particularly a recent high school grad, is probably ill equipped to differentiate among reformation of information, disinformation, and misinformation. Instead of identifying Jacques Ellul’s touch points, the person will ask, “Is he Taylor Swift’s hair stylist.” As I said, erosion of meaning is a good think when a client’s Web page appears in a list of Google search results or is predicatively presented as what the user wants, needs, and desires.

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Phi Beta Iota: The Information Industry generally, but especially so in the USA, is dishonest and ignorant. Financial metrics have displaced intelligence (decision-support) metrics. As long as stupid individual and corporate investors can be a dumping ground for false mediocre and even dangerously misleading information industry products and services, we will continue to destroy the intelligence of the US noosphere.

See Especially:

2015 Robert Steele: Applied Collective Intelligence – Can Evolutionary Cybernetics Leverage Distributed Human Intelligence While Advancing Artificial Intelligence? The Future of the Global or World Brain

See Also:

2015 Robert Steele – Foreword to Stephen E. Arnold’s CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access

2014 Robert Steele – An Open Letter

2014 Robert Steele: Appraisal of Analytic Foundations – Email Provided, Feedback Solicited – UPDATED

2013 Robert Steele Reflections on Tired Databases versus Wired Analytics + Jack Davis & Analytic Tradecraft RECAP

2013 Robert Steele Foreword to NATO Book on Public Intelligence for Public Health

Robert Steele: Foreword to Spanish-Language Diary of a Spy with PRB Approval

Robert Steele: Reflections on the Next Data Revolution