Living in Data (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Friday, 07 May 2021

In this book, which has the subtitle "A Citizen's Guide to a Better Information Future", Jer Thorp asks the question "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, he sets out to show  that the future of data is still wide open. The book draws on Thorp’s analysis of the word “data” in 10,325 New York Times stories written between 1984 and 2018 which shows that among the words most closely associated with “data,” alongside the expected “information” and “digital,” the term is used with topics ranging from “scandal” and “misinformation” to “ethics,” “friends,” and “play.”

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Author: Jer Thorp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 
Date: June 2021
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0374189907
Print: 0374189900
Kindle: B088DPN2RV
Audience: General
Level: Introductory
Category: Data Science

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