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M. Bunz

The Silent Revolution

How Digitalization Transforms Knowledge, Work, Journalism and Politics without Making Too Much Noise
1st ed. 2014. 2014. xii, 134 S. 216 mm
ISBN: 1-349-47660-9 (1349476609)
Neue ISBN: 978-1-349-47660-2 (9781349476602)

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Critically engaging, illustrative and with numerous examples, The Silent Revolution delivers a philosophically informed introduction to current debates on digital technology and calls for a more active role of humans towards technology.
Acknowledgements Preface PART I: WHEN ALGORITHMS LEARNED HOW TO WRITE 1. Hidden Relationship Issues 2. Looking Into the Clouds PART II: HOW THE AUTOMATION OF KNOWLEDGE CHANGES SKILLED WORK 3. Discourse and Distress 4. On a New Accuracy of Facts PART III: THE SECOND NATURE 5. Google and the Four Aspects of Technology 6. An Indifferent Beast PART IV: ON THE PRODUCTION OF CROWDS 7. The Publishing Society 8. The Digitalization of the Press PART V: THE DIGITAL PUBLIC 9. The Archive of the Present 10. Reported by a Choir of Voices PART VI: THE SILENT REVOLUTION 11. On Digital Politics and Crowds 12. The Internet of Things
"Finally, a ´Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere´ (Habermas) for the digital age! This smart book maps the transformation of the public sphere in the age of digitalization, and is an important contribution to the sociology of media." - Scott Lash, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre of Cultural Studies at University of London, Goldsmiths, UK

"This book offers a critical analysis of contemporary debates around the issue of algorithms, software and code, giving rich examples to explain its impact on society and the potential ways forward for developing our understanding of these control technologies. As such the book is an important contribution to scholarly work on the digitalization of knowledge and the growing field of software studies." - Dr David M Berry, Author of The Philosophy of Software and Reader in Digital Media, University of Sussex, UK

Mercedes Bunz is Lecturer in Media Studies at Leuphana University, Germany, where she is also Director of the Hybrid Publishing Lab, exploring academic publishing in the digital age. She writes on digital media, journalism and the philosophy of technology, and she has been the technology reporter of The Guardian.