David Beer is Professor of Sociology at the University of York. His books include Metric Power, The Data Gaze and The Quirks of Digital Culture.
Published in: TransformationCan we really change the tech sector?
A review of Wendy Liu’s ‘Abolish Silicon Valley’
Published in: TransformationThe oppressiveness of creativity
Has capitalism co-opted our creative juices? A review of Oli Mould’s new book ‘Against Creativity.’
Published in: openDemocracyUKRipping up the Yellow Pages
The print version of the Yellow Pages may be coming to an end, but the cultural legacy of classification it embodied...
Published in: digitaLibertiesThe backfire effect, bad objects, and changing our minds online
On social media, when exposed to opposing views, are we likely to change our minds? Or is there a 'backfire effect'...
Published in: HomeDominance and disruption: power is won by consent, and resisted through understanding
On the history of hegemony: an informed sense of how power has been understood can only cultivate a much stronger...
Published in: digitaLibertiesThe cold intimacy that comes when the TV calls your name
This pretence of being friendly and of knowing us is a well-worn tool of capitalism – as noises crowd our lives, it...