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follow me @eminencefont on twitter; I blog at I am a library director/career librarian and huge supporter of libraries and I love books and this is my thingy where I will tell you about the books I am reading okay bye

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4% complete! callan has read 4 of 90 books.

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commented on Uncertain Archives by Catherine D'Ignazio

Uncertain Archives (2021, MIT Press) No rating

This pathbreaking work offers an interdisciplinary perspective on big data, interrogating key terms. Scholars from …

I’m still chugging through this, about 3 chapters per day. Making a note to myself to come back to Miriam Sweeney’s chapter on digital assistants. Brilliant descriptions of the articulation of surveillance in there.

Hidden Valley Road (2020, Random House Large Print)

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The Flatshare (2019, Flatiron Books)

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started reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi (2020, Bloomsbury Publishing)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set …

The Great Beanie Baby Bubble (Hardcover, 2015) 4 stars

In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. With no advertising or …

excellent investigation & analysis

4 stars

This book was entertaining, depressing, and insightful. I am the perfect age to have been caught up in the Beanie Baby craze as a child, and I had a ton of them, but hadn’t really given it much thought for like 2 decades. It’s really interesting/terrifying to think about how Beanie Babies kind of launched and legitimized buying stuff online, and definitely gave a big leg up to eBay. Do we have Ty to thank for surveillance capitalism? Maybe!

An Ugly Truth (Hardcover, 2021, Harper) 4 stars

democracy dies in Mark-ness

4 stars

This is an excellent takedown of Facebook, going hard on how the company created its own disinformation nightmare by treating extremist hate speech as “important political content.” Outstandingly written and devastating, it also sheds light on the epically gross working relationship between Zuck and Sheryl. If you can tolerate 300+ pages about some of the worst people in the world but want more ammunition against the selective applications of “intellectual freedom,” pick it up.