Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Metrics and Algorithms: Two new publications from Dave Beer



Two recent publications from Dave Beer have covered developments in metrics and algorithms. His new book Metric Power was published this Autumn by Palgrave Macmillan. 

The book explores how power is deployed through metrics. In particular it looks at how Metric Power can be understood through a focus on measurement, circulation and possibility. 

The book looks at the power dynamics that reside behind bog data. 

The book is currently available with a 30% discount by using code PM16THIRTY through the publishers website http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137556486 . 

This book builds upon his earlier book on the cultural implications of data circulations Popular Culture and New Media: The Politics of Circulation, which is now out in paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Popular-Culture-New-Media-Circulation/dp/1349444219/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

More recently he has also edited and introduced a special issue on 'The Social Power of Algorithms'. This issue has just been published in the journal Information, Communication & Society. It gathers together eight articles that reflect on the potential power of algorithms to shape and order the social world. The collections also includes and introductory article by Dave.  The issue is available here http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rics20/20/1

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