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[ecrea] New publications - Fordham and NYU Press

Tue Feb 13 11:47:41 GMT 2018

/Algorithms of Oppression /from Safiya Umoja Noble (NYU Press) shines a spotlight on data discrimination against women of colour through search algorithm bias. /The Technological Introject, /edited by Jeffrey Champlin and Antje Pfannkuchen (Fordham University Press) explores the work of media theorist Friedrich Kittler and his relevance to the field today.

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*Algorithms of Oppression*

*How Search Engines Reinforce Racism***

/Safiya Umoja Noble///

“Safiya Noble has produced an outstanding book that raises clear alarms about the ways Google quietly shapes our lives, minds, and attitudes. Noble writes with urgency and clarity. This book is essential for anyone hoping to understand our current information ecosystem." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of /The Googlization of Everything - and Why We Should Worry /

"Safiya Noble’s compelling and accessible book is an impressive survey of the impact of search and other algorithms on our understandings of racial and gender identity. Her study raises crucial questions regarding the power and control of algorithms, and is essential reading for understanding the way media works in the contemporary moment." — Sarah Banet-Weiser, author of /Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture/

"All search results are not createdequal. Through deft analyses of software, society, and superiority, Noble exposes both the motivations and mathematics that make a ‘technologically redlined’ internet.  Read this book to understand how supposedly race neutral zeros and ones simply don’t add up." — Matthew W. Hughey, author of /White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race/

"Noble demolishes the popular assumption that Google is a values-free tool with no agenda...She astutely questions the wisdom of turning so much of our data and intellectual capital over to a corporate monopoly…. Noble’s study should prompt some soul-searching about our reliance on commercial search engines and about digital social equity." — /Booklist/

A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms

Run a Google search for “black girls”—what will you find? “Big Booty” and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in “white girls,” the results are radically different. The suggested porn sites and un-moderated discussions about “why black women are so sassy” or “why black women are so angry” presents a disturbing portrait of black womanhood in modern society.

In /Algorithms of Oppression/, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color.

Through an analysis of textual and media searches as well as extensive research on paid online advertising, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online. As search engines and their related companies grow in importance—operating as a source for email, a major vehicle for primary and secondary school learning, and beyond—understanding and reversing these disquieting trends and discriminatory practices is of utmost importance.

An original, surprising and, at times, disturbing account of bias on the internet, /Algorithms of Oppression/ contributes to our understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in the 21st century.

NYU Press | | January 2018| 256pp | 9781479837243 | Paperback | £21.99*

20% discount with this code: CSL18ALGO** | Free postage to UK customers

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*The Technological Introject***

*Friedrich Kittler between Implementation and the Incalculable***

/Edited by Jeffrey Champlin & Antje Pfannkuchen. Afterword by Avital Ronell. Contributors: Rudiger Campe, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Bernhard Dotzler, Elisabeth Weber, Samuel Weber, Antje Pfannkuchen, Jeffrey Champlin, Mert Bahadir Reisoglu, Dominik Zechner, Chadwick Smith, Laurence A. Rickels, Nimrod Reitman, Hans-Christian von Herrmann, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Ute Holl, Bernhard Siegert/

“Spearheaded by New York philosophy icon Avital Ronell, this book pays tribute to Germany's most controversial yet most original media theorist, who completely changed the German academic landscape by following his declared goal to drive the human out of the humanities. In completely new and exciting ways, the essays collected in this important volume introduce Friedrich Kittler's radical and challenging approach to the study of Western culture, literature, and philosophy to an American audience." — Arne Hocker, University of Colorado Boulder

“Featuring essays by well-established and emergent scholars and engaging all the major phases of Kittler’s rich academic life… the contributors position Kittler’s work in relation to French poststructuralism, the German literary and philosophical tradition he reacted against, and the theories and practices of media discourse analysis which he significantly redefined and enlarged. Erudite and avant-garde, /The Technological Introject/ is among the first volumes to offer a posthumous assessment of Kittler’s reach and to map the considerable legacy of a major theorist on the way we think (all things) 'media.'“ — Michael  Wutz, Weber State University

/The Technological Introject/ explores the futures opened up across the humanities and social sciences by the influential media theorist Friedrich Kittler. Joining the German tradition of media studies and systems theory to the Franco-American theoretical tradition marked by poststructuralism, Kittler’s work has redrawn the boundaries of disciplines and of scholarly traditions.

The contributors position Kittler in relation to Marshall McLuhan, Jacques Derrida, discourse analysis, film theory, and psychoanalysis. Ultimately, the book shows the continuing relevance of the often uncomfortable questions Kittler opened up about the cultural production and its technological entanglements.

*Avital Ronell* is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of German, English, and Comparative Literature at New York University.

Fordham University Press | Meaning Systems | February 2018 | 312pp | 9780823278206 | Paperback | £26.99*

20% discount with this code: CSL18TECH** | Free postage to UK customers


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