Against infrasomatization: towards a critical theory of algorithms

Berry, David (2018) Against infrasomatization: towards a critical theory of algorithms. In: Bigo, Didier, Isin, Engin F and Ruppert, Evelyn (eds.) Data politics: worlds, subjects, rights. Routledge Studies in International Political Sociology . Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138053267 (Accepted)

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We now live within a horizon of interpretability determined in large part by the capture of data and its articulation in and through algorithms. This novel space of experience and meaning creates a new envelope for economic valorisation and leads to new forms of control and exploitation – and subsequently to new sites for social conflict. I want to argue that we can use critical theory for deepening our thinking about algorithms and data and understand how they manifest themselves in everyday life. Indeed, to think about data, and especially a “data politics” requires one to think across multiple levels of computational systems. To think about data we have to think beyond data.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Data, Politics, Algorithms
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1176 Social influence. Social pressure > HM1181 Attitude > HM1206 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: David Berry
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 14:39
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 14:39
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