Simondon and Big Data

De Montfort University Open Research Archive

Show simple item record Mills, Simon en 2015-05-05T10:39:03Z 2015-05-05T10:39:03Z 2015-04-27
dc.identifier.citation Mills, S. (2015) Simondon and Big Data. Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 6: pp. 59-72 en
dc.description.abstract This article explores some limitations of the claims made for Big Data, particularly in the work of Alex Pentland, as providing a universal method for understanding and managing the social. It does so by analysing Pentland’s social physics in the light of the work of Gilbert Simondon. It argues that Pentland’s social theory is essentially cybernetic and thus open to Simondon’s criticisms of this schema of understanding. Additionally, it questions the way social physics leads to the development of hypertelic social structures; its lack of ability for theorizing invention, teleology and open systems; and queries the social ontology it has developed. Simondon's reformed notion of information, situated as it is, between determinism and indeterminism, may not disagree with Pentland’s claim that “we're going to reinvent what it means to have a human society,” but understands the nature of this claim in a radically different way. Where Pentland’s work points towards yet another phase of the control revolution, this article asserts that it misses the more important question of how it theorizes indeterminacy and omits consideration of the transindividual as a mode of the social. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Gilbert Simondon en
dc.subject Big Data en
dc.subject cybernetics en
dc.subject social physics en
dc.subject Alex Pentland en
dc.title Simondon and Big Data en
dc.type Article en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder - en
dc.projectid - en

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record