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In the wake of The Making of a Counter Culture Theodore Roszak

established himself as the pre-eminent critic of twentieth-century American

society and technocracy. Roszak later published The Cult of Information,

a word of caution to a world that would soon be inundated by computing devices

and data driven industries. Even more relevant today than at its original

publication, The Cult of Information stands as a prophetic work; one of

the first attempts at an analysis of the dangers of big data in a world

dominated by the digital.

Roszak's predictions of a world for which the foundations were being

laid in 1986 are eerily accurate from our twenty-first-century vantage point.

One reads of a two-tier society wherein a class of 'data merchants' rule most

industries via a stranglehold on marketing and demand data. Those at the bottom

of the pile will watch as traditional jobs are automated or disappear abroad.

We even get a glimpse of the effect data collection could have (read 'has

had'?) on the way elections are won across the world. The Cult of

Information endures as an alarm bell from the birth of the Information Age.

Computing & ITComputing: generalEthical & social aspects of computingScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPhilosophy of scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 30/03/2023 ISBN-13: 9780718895266  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Theodore Roszak was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton University during the 1950s. In 1969 he published The Making of a Counter Culture, the first known usage of the now-ubiquitous term. For a period in the 1960s he lived in London and edited the newspaper Peace News. Throughout his life he published prolifically on issues including social justice, nuclear disarmament, the ecological crisis and the disadvantages of industrial society. Roszak ended his career as Professor of History at California State University, Easy Bay. He died in 2011.

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