|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.”
Author: Jer Thorp
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