The information society is upon us. New technologies have given us back-pocket libraries, online discussion forums, blogs, crowd-based opinion aggregators, social media and breaking news wherever, whenever. But are we more enlightened and rational because of it?
With points of departure in philosophy, logic, social psychology, economics and 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, from science to reality culture and from cyberbullying to what it really is, that makes you buy a book like this.
What is an information bubble and why are they a dangerous?
We now make our democratic decisions, as we live our everyday lives, buffeted by gales of purported information that are stronger and more wayward than any previous generation has had to weather. Drawing on many different disciplines and traditions, Infostorms offers an analysis of these forces that is indispensable for everyone who is invested, as we all should be, in the value and the future of democracy.
Hendricks and Hansen alert us to a gathering storm – the Infostorm – that threatens to overwhelm societies with vast amounts of information used uncritically by people to form opinions and make decisions. The storm, they argue, undermines our ability to sort true from trite from tendentious and will, if unchecked, undermine our collective intelligence. With this brilliant book, we have been warned. It is up to all of us in the world today to be stewards of the common resource that is trustworthy and relevant information.
Relying on a variety of disciplines, tools and traditions, Infostorms provides a very exciting and disconcerting analysis of the powers, which must be scrutinized by all who are concerned about the quality, and future of our democratic systems. We are blown away by storms of alleged information.