Introduction: Datapublics Beyond the Rise and Fall Narrative

Jannie Møller Hartley, Mathieu David, Jannick Kirk Sørensen

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This chapter introduces the framework of the book and discusses its central concepts: datafication and publics. The chapter lays out the conjunctures of a technological drama, with a rise and fall narrative regarding processes of public formation in datafied societies. The drama stages three characters: a victim, in the form of the passive, defenceless public; a villain, Big Tech; and a hero, journalism. The chapter argues that the drama needs to be challenged by theoretical and empirical research. We suggest the notion of datapublics as a lens to investigate how publics are constructed at the junction of journalistic media, technological infrastructures and agentic citizens.
TitelDataPublics : The Construction of Publics in Datafied Democracies
RedaktørerJannie Møller Hartley, Jannick Kirk Sørensen, David Mathieu
ForlagBristol University Press
Publikationsdato31 jul. 2023
ISBN (Trykt)9781529228625
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781529228632, 9781529228649
StatusUdgivet - 31 jul. 2023