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The Resource The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data, Michael Patrick Lynch

The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data, Michael Patrick Lynch

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The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data
Title
The Internet of us
Title remainder
knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data
Statement of responsibility
Michael Patrick Lynch
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"With far-reaching implications, this urgent treatise promises to revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age. We used to say "seeing is believing"; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less. While a wealth of literature has been devoted to life with the Internet, the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored until now. Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much more to "knowing" than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us overvalue some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting what it means to be human. With far-reaching implications, Lynch's argument charts a path from Plato's cave to Shannon's mathematical theory of information to Google Glass, illustrating that technology itself isn't the problem, nor is it the solution. Instead, it will be the way in which we adapt our minds to these new tools that will ultimately decide whether or not the "Internet of Things"--All those gadgets on our wrists, in our pockets and on our laps--will be a net gain for humanity. Along the way, Lynch uses a philosopher's lens to examine some of the most urgent issues facing digital life today, including how social media is revolutionizing the way we think about privacy; why a greater reliance on Wikipedia and Google doesn't necessarily make knowledge "more democratic"; and the perils of using "big data" alone to predict cultural trends. Promising to modernize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age, The Internet of Us builds on previous works by Nicholas Carr, James Gleick and Jaron Lanier to give us a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the Information Age"--Publisher's description
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Michael P.
Dewey number
001
Index
index present
LC call number
BD161
LC item number
.L88 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Information technology
  • Internet
  • NEW LIST 20160430
  • Information technology
  • Internet
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Social Media
  • Internet
  • Medienwirkungsforschung
  • Medienkritik
  • Philosophie
Label
The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data, Michael Patrick Lynch
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I The new old problems of knowledge -- 1. Our digital form of life -- Neuromedia -- Socrates on the way to Larissa -- Welcome to the library -- 2. Google-knowing -- Easy answers -- Being receptive: downloading facts -- John Locke agrees with mom -- Being reasonable: uploading reasons -- 3. Fragmented reasons : is the Internet making us less reasonable? -- The abstract society -- When fights break out in the library -- The rationalist's delusion -- Democracy as a space of reasons -- 4. Truth, lies, and social media -- Deleting the truth -- The real as virtual -- Interlude: to SIM or not to SIM -- Falsehood, fakes and the noble lie -- Objectivity and our constructed world -- pt. II: How we know now -- 5. Who wants to know : privacy and autonomy -- Life in the panopticon -- The values of privacy -- The pool of information -- Privacy and the concept of a person -- Transparency and power -- 6. Who does know : crowds, clouds, and networks -- Dead metaphors -- Knowledge ain't just in (your) head -- The knowing crowd -- The "netography" of knowledge -- 7. Who gets to know : the political economy of knowledge -- Knowledge democratized? -- Epistemic equality -- Walmarting the university -- 8. Understanding and the digital human -- Big knowledge -- The end of theory? -- Understanding understanding -- Knowing how to chuck -- Coming to understand as a creative act -- 9. The Internet of us -- Technology and understanding -- Information and the ties that bind
Control code
ocn909974643
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780871406613
Lccn
2015051171
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025857617
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o909974643
  • (OCoLC)909974643
Label
The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of big data, Michael Patrick Lynch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I The new old problems of knowledge -- 1. Our digital form of life -- Neuromedia -- Socrates on the way to Larissa -- Welcome to the library -- 2. Google-knowing -- Easy answers -- Being receptive: downloading facts -- John Locke agrees with mom -- Being reasonable: uploading reasons -- 3. Fragmented reasons : is the Internet making us less reasonable? -- The abstract society -- When fights break out in the library -- The rationalist's delusion -- Democracy as a space of reasons -- 4. Truth, lies, and social media -- Deleting the truth -- The real as virtual -- Interlude: to SIM or not to SIM -- Falsehood, fakes and the noble lie -- Objectivity and our constructed world -- pt. II: How we know now -- 5. Who wants to know : privacy and autonomy -- Life in the panopticon -- The values of privacy -- The pool of information -- Privacy and the concept of a person -- Transparency and power -- 6. Who does know : crowds, clouds, and networks -- Dead metaphors -- Knowledge ain't just in (your) head -- The knowing crowd -- The "netography" of knowledge -- 7. Who gets to know : the political economy of knowledge -- Knowledge democratized? -- Epistemic equality -- Walmarting the university -- 8. Understanding and the digital human -- Big knowledge -- The end of theory? -- Understanding understanding -- Knowing how to chuck -- Coming to understand as a creative act -- 9. The Internet of us -- Technology and understanding -- Information and the ties that bind
Control code
ocn909974643
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780871406613
Lccn
2015051171
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025857617
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o909974643
  • (OCoLC)909974643

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