Vincent F. Hendricks
Pelle G. Hansen
New York: Copernicus Books / Springer February 28, 2014
ISBN 978-3319038315 / List price: USD 19.99
Order from Amazon US and Amazon UK and Kindle
Infostorms on Facebook / Twitter / Google+
This detailed guide to navigating the bewildering superabundance of information in today’s globalizing world draws on the latest work in philosophy and the social sciences to explore how information, and its misuse, can both support and undermine democracy.
For Horacio Arló-Costa – an excellent mind and a great friend, who passed on way too early
The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge (or lack thereof) prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.
With points of departure in philosophy, social psychology, economics, choice- and game theory, Infostorms shows how information may be used to improve the quality of personal decision and group thinking but also warns against the informational pitfalls which modern information technology may amplify.
Bystander experiments from Infostorms, lemming effects, June 2013Covering topics including the continued war efforts, the social media success, polarization in politics, stock, science or opinion bubbles this book’s broad approach offers an excellent overview on information (technology) and valuable guidance on how to take information punches.
- Based on new insights from philosophy, logic, social psychology, behavioral science and economics
- Explains how to navigate in the information age – from taking the wrong way out of the airport gate to making bad calls in affairs of state and democracy
- Shows how information is used to enlighten but also manipulate people, opinions and markets
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is editor-in-chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and was awarded the Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in 2008.
Pelle Guldborg Hansen is Behavioral Researcher at Roskilde University; Director of ISSP – The Initiative of Science, Society & Policy at Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark; and member of the Prevention Council of the Danish Diabetes Assoc. He is also heading the collaborative venture iNudgeYou.com and chairman of the Danish Nudging Network.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 / Introduction and Manipulation
Chapter 2 / Ignorance and Cascades
Chapter 3 / Public Space
Chapter 4 / Wisdom of Choice
Chapter 5 / Freaky Framing
Chapter 6 / Polarized People
Chapter 7 / Bubbles
Chapter 8 / Lethal Logic
Chapter 9 / Simply Wrong
Chapter 10 / Democracy in Control