John Cheney-Lippold: We Are Data

They were training it according to US Hollywood movies. So [the bot] was talking not according to how people talk but how Hollywood script writers believe people talk.
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John Cheney-Lippold discusses his book We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of our Digital Selves with Chris Richardson. Cheney-Lippold is associate professor of American Culture and Digital Studies at the University of Michigan. He researches and writes on the intersection of power and technology, focusing on surveillance, identity, algorithms, and privacy.  


“Terranova’s 2004 book was the first text I read that so vividly, yet intricately, explained how digital technology could change not just how we interact with the world but how we understand it.”


“Browne’s critical intervention in surveillance studies deftly analyzes the legacies of white supremacy and blackness in the US to demonstrate how the canon of surveillance scholarship omits racial and gendered histories from its research and theories.”


“Amoore writes about how algorithmic logics reframe our conceptions of governance. In doing so, she extends traditional Foucauldian arguments to outline how politics has developed, post-9/11, to address what Rumsfeld annoyingly called “unknown unknowns” or what N Katherine Hayles might describe as the ‘emergent.’”

The Second Media Age
By Mark Poster

“Poster’s book, written in 1995, presciently described many of the digital control mechanisms at stake in databases and algorithmic governance. Now 20+ years old, it still serves as an excellent text to think with as well as to teach.”


“This heavy, theoretically enriching book (the first of her trilogy) challenged me a lot to think about how computer networks reconfigure how we, as users, are made vulnerable to power in ways we can’t control or even understand.”