17 Managing society and the self: a sociological view on big data – Contrasens

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What are the implications of our online lives? Most of our online steps leave traces of data about us, and by this time, we know it. And yet, it’s still hard to grasp how it all works, what’s behind it, who can own it, who can access it? Let’s take a step back and look at big data from a sociological point of view, not Silicon Valley’s. What kind of society produces big data, and what society emerges from the corporate use of it? What kind of “self”, that takes into account constant use of apps and search engines? More questions and answers in this episode with sociologist Irina Culic.

Irina Culic teaches at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Babeș Bolyai. Her topics of research have been: nationalism; interethnic relations, minority politics in Romania and Hungary; political and cultural elites. This episode is a conversation in preparation of a course she will be teaching on Big Data.

Producers: Vlad Bejinariu and Maria Martelli
Supported by: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Babeș Bolyai
Studio: Radio EBS (special thanks to Flaviu Petean)
Soundtrack: KindStudios
Visuals: Maria Martelli


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