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Haunted Data

Affect, Transmedia and Weird Science



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Haunted Data by Lisa Blackman
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Haunted Data explores the contemporary concepts that are at work in our complex relationships with data. And shows how our engagement with data - big or small - is never as simplistic or straightforward as first appears. Indeed, Blackman suggests our relationship with data is 'haunted' with errors, dead ends, misunderstandings that affect us very fundamentally as humans. Blackman uses contemporary case studies throughout the book - from Reddit communities and google+ communities to various powerful data platforms like uber and Airbnb- to illustrate this novel notion of data never being clean or straightforward. In addition to proposing a new theory of how we might engage with data, Haunted Data also provides a nuanced survey of the historical context to contemporary debates, going back to the 19th Century origins of modern computation and science to explain the ubiquity and oddness of our data relations. Drawing from radical philosophies of science, feminist science studies, queer theory, cultural studies, and the field of affect studies, the book develops a manifesto for how artists, philosophers and scientists might engage creatively and critically with science within the context of digital communication.

Author Biography

Lisa Blackman is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She has written four books including The Body: The Key Concepts (2008) and Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation (2012).
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January 24th, 2019
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Bloomsbury Academic
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