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If...Then: Algorithmic Power and Politics

ISBN : 9780190493035

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Author: 
Taina Bucher
Pages
224 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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We live in a world in which Google's search algorithms determine how we access information, Facebook's News Feed algorithms shape how we socialize, and Netflix collaborative filtering algorithms choose the media products we consume. Rather than looking at how technologies shape or are shaped by political institutions, this book is concerned with the ways in which informational infrastructure may be considered political in its capacity to shape social and cultural life. Setting out to explore both the specific uses of algorithms and the cultural forms they generate, this book offers a novel understanding of the power and politics of algorithmic life as grounded in case studies that explore the material-discursive dimensions of software.

Index: 

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Programmed Sociality
Chapter 2 - The Multiplicity of Algorithms
Chapter 3 - Neither Black Nor Box: (Un)knowing Algorithms
Chapter 4 - Life at the Top: Engineering Participation
Chapter 5 - Affective Landscapes: Everyday Encounters with Algorithms
Chapter 6 - Programming the News: When Algorithms Come to Matter
Chapter 7 - Conclusion: Algorithmic Life
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Taina Bucher is Associate Professor of Communication and IT at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on the power and politics of algorithms in everyday life at the intersection of media studies, sociology and science, and technology studies.

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