The Digital Prism: Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World (Hardback)Mikkel Flyverbom (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 13 mm
'Flyverbom illuminates the pervasive and poorly understood illumination that has become a condition of our societies. This glass world offers a window onto new vistas, but with jagged edges that cut us to the quick and force us to hide in our own lives. Flyverbom demonstrates that we have yet to reckon with the social and political challenges of this pandemic of transparency, loosed by institutional forces that have, so far, run free of constraint. His book can help us reckon with key political questions of our time: who does transparency serve? Can democracy survive transparency?' Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
'Similar to the work of Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, this book concerns the medium rather than the message as a dynamic force in social change and affairs. Specifically, Flyverbom posits that more data, transparency, and clarity in digital technology are not necessarily mutually compatible... Much like McLuhan tried to reveal the profound ramifications of communication technology on social organization, Flyverbom sounds the alarm that more data might not mean more transparency but will rather lead to the opposite: opacity and secrecy without proper governance... Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.' P. P. Philbin, Choice
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