A BOOK ABOUT TAKING CONTROL OF OUR DIGITAL LIVES

Digital technologies should be making life easier. And to a large degree they do, transforming everyday tasks of work, consumption, communication, travel and play. But they are also accelerating and fragmenting our lives affecting our well-being and exposing us to extensive data extraction and profiling that helps determine our life chances.

Is it then possible to experience the joy and benefits of computing, but to do so in a way that asserts individual and collective autonomy over our time and data?

Drawing on the ideas of the ‘slow movement’, Slow Computing sets out numerous practical and political means to take back control and counter the more pernicious effects of living digital lives.

ISBN 978-1529211269

Bristol University Press, £14.99

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CONTENTS

 

1  LIVING DIGITAL LIVES (PDF)

2  ACCELERATING LIFE

3  MONITORING LIFE

4  PERSONAL STRATEGIES OF SLOW COMPUTING

5  SLOW COMPUTING COLLECTIVELY

6  AN ETHICS OF DIGITAL CARE

7  TOWARDS A MORE BALANCED DIGITAL SOCIETY

CODA: SLOW COMPUTING DURING A PANDEMIC (PDF)

 

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REVIEWS

PAUL Dourish

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

“An important contribution to understanding our technological present and future. It handles complicated matters with a deft touch, without minimizing the scholarly arguments.”

teresa scassa

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

“This perceptive and engaging book provides a clear diagnosis and a thoughtful prescription for taking back control of our digital lives.”

DAVID BEER

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

“Responding to the pace of our dizzying tech-dominated lifestyles, this stunningly crafted book helps the reader to think, reflect and keep their balance.”

HARTMUT ROSA

FRIEDRICH SCHILLER UNIVERSITY, JENA

“No one knows yet where the digital acceleration of our lives will lead – this is a most powerful and illuminating plea for us citizens to take back control!”

Liesbet van Zoonen

ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM

“Two world-class digital scholars explain brilliantly why and how we, as individuals and as society, need to slow down our digital pace.”

MARK GRAHAM

OXFORD UNIVERSITY

“We urgently need strategies for reclaiming control over our digital lives. Slow Computing offers exactly that. A powerful manifesto for a kinder, calmer, and fairer digital future.”

DEBORAH LUPTON

UNSW, SYDNEY

“Convincingly demonstrates how finding the ‘right speed’ can enhance the pleasure of using digital technologies and bring agency and balance back into people’s lives”

JAMES ASH

NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

“Offers a rallying call for digital balance and practical steps to becoming more politically aware in the use of digital devices. A remarkable and timely read.”

Jim thatcher

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, TACOMA

“Fraser and Kitchin’s work at the intersection of digital technologies and society continues to reshape the ways we think through and engage with these powerful devices.”

martin dodge

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

“It is increasingly clear that computers are compressing our lives in damaging ways, but we cannot live without them, so we must find a route to a more moderated way of digital. The wide ranging analysis in Slow Computing provides the best available route maps.”

Leighton evans

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

“A timely, critical and vital manifesto on how we can break free of the trance-like state our digital devices and platforms hold us in and take back control of computing.”

shannon mattern

NEW SCHOOL, NY

“While new processors and networking protocols promise ever-faster computational power, Kitchin and Fraser prompt us to ask whether speed is an inherent good. Computing slowly can offer both individual and collective means of countering over-extension, exhaustion, exploitation, acceleration, extraction, and injustice.”

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AUTHORS

ALISTAIR FRASER

Alistair Fraser is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University, Ireland. His research focuses on the interaction of agrarian change and the food economy, based on research fieldwork in South Africa, Uganda, and Mexico. He is now conducting research on the way digital technologies, such as precision agriculture and curated social media, alter the geographies of food. He is the author of Global Foodscapes: Oppression and Resistance in the Life of Food (Routledge, 2016) and numerous articles in academic journals, and is an editor of the journal Human Geography.

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/alistair-fraser

 

ROB KITCHIN

Rob Kitchin is a professor in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Ireland. He wrote his first article about the internet in 1995 and has conducted extensive research on digital technologies and their impact on society. He is (co)author or (co) editor of 30 non-fiction books including, Mapping Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000), Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2011), The Data Revolution (Sage, 2014), Understanding Spatial Media (Sage, 2017), Digital Geographies (Sage, 2018), The Right to the Smart City (Emerald, 2019), and How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables (Meatspace Press, 2019). He has been an editor of three leading geography journals and editor-in-chief of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, 2009). He is a recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences.

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/rob-kitchin

 

 

 

 

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BUY THE BOOK

Released Sept 2020

ISBN 978-1529211269

Bristol University Press

£14.99

 

20% discount (£11.99) at: Bristol University Press

35% discount (£9.75) if sign you up to the BUP mailing list

Buy at: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

 

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