Living in Data: A Citizen's Guide to a Better Information Future

Living in Data: A Citizen's Guide to a Better Information Future

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Jer Thorp's analysis of the word "data" in 10,325 New York Times stories written between 1984 and 2018 shows a distinct trend: among the words most closely associated with "data," we find not only its classic companions "information" and "digital," but also a variety of new neighbors--from "scandal" and "misinformation" to "ethics," "friends," and "play."

To live in data in the twenty-first century is to be incessantly extracted from, classified and categorized, statisti-fied, sold, and surveilled. Data--our data--is mined and processed for profit, power, and political gain. In Living in Data, Thorp asks a crucial question of our time: How do we stop passively inhabiting data, and instead become active citizens of it?

Threading a data story through hippo attacks, glaciers, and school gymnasiums, around colossal rice piles, and over active minefields, Living in Data reminds us that the future of data is still wide open, that there are ways to transcend facts and figures and to find more visceral ways to engage with data, that there are always new stories to be told about how data can be used.

Punctuated with Thorp's original and informative illustrations, Living in Data not only redefines what data is, but reimagines who gets to speak its language and how to use its power to create a more just and democratic future. Timely and inspiring, Living in Data gives us a much-needed path forward.

Title:Living in Data: A Citizen's Guide to a Better Information Future
ISBN:9780374189907
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    Living in Data: A Citizen's Guide to a Better Information Future Reviews

  • David Wineberg

    There is no point bringing any preconceived notions to Jer Thorp’s Living in Data. You will be wrong, but rewardingly so. The book is a kind of autobiography, but one focused on data gathering and m...

  • Trevor Owens

    Great read! A very engaging and accessible exploration of the social and cultural issues that emerge from the centrality of digital data in contemporary society. Thorp’s discussion of various data p...

  • Ben Ostrowsky

    When we capture data that we observe and apply it to the world around us, what are we doing? We’re putting too much trust in our own point of view and in the ability of data to make a good represent...

  • Jessica Dai

    emphasis on the living: finding joy, meaning, surprise, wonder. get the print version - the illustrations/visualizations are so gorgeous and (imo) critical to the experience. my more fleshed-out revie...

  • Alicia ? shethereader

    DNFI was drawn to this audiobook for its insight on data analysis, but it turned out to be more of a narrative story than I expected. The flow of the thoughts were meaningful, but I was looking for so...

  • Lydia Wallace

    What a great book. Very informative and well written book. Jer Thorp is great author. Though stories and insights you gradually realize the title and focus of this book. What a brilliant book full of ...

  • Eric Basford

    Unexpectedly delightful. I mean, I expected a lot, having followed @blprnt for a decade. But it was the format and perspective that surprised me. Data viz took a backseat to life and Liberty and adven...

  • Taracuda

    An artistic and insightful discussion of the impacts of data and how we understand it, its power and its limitations. I read a paper copy. I’m not sure an electronic version would do justice to the ...

  • Jesse

    Extremely interesting look at the power of data, with some real world examples of just how data affects our lives....

  • Andra

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss....