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Dataclysm: What our online selves tell us about our offline selves Paperback – 7 Apr 2016
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‘The best book that I've read on data in years, perhaps ever. If you want to understand how data is affecting the present and what it portends for the future, buy it now’ Huffington Post
‘A fun, visual book – and a necessary one at that’ Max Wallis, Independent, Books of the Year
‘Fascinating, funny, and occasionally howl-inducing … [Rudder] is a quant with soul, and we’re lucky to have him’ Elle
‘Most data-hyping books are vapour and slogans. This one has the real stuff: actual data and actual analysis taking place on the page. That’s something to be praised, loudly and at length. Praiseworthy, too, is Rudder’s writing, which is consistently zingy and mercifully free of Silicon Valley business gabble’ Washington Post
‘Dataclysm is a well-written and funny look at what the numbers reveal about human behavior in the age of social media. It’s both profound and a bit disturbing, because, sad to say, we’re generally not the kind of people we like to think ― or say ― we are’ Salon
‘There's another side of Big Data you haven't seen … It's the big data that rears its ugly head and tells us what we don't want to know. And that, as Christian Rudder demonstrates in his new book, Dataclysm, is perhaps an equally worthwhile pursuit. Before we heighten the human experience, we should understand it first’ TIME
About the Author
Christian Rudder is co-founder of OkCupid and now serves as chief data analyst and author of the popular blog OkTrends. He graduated from Harvard in 1998 with degrees in English and math, and served as creative director for SparkNotes. His work has been written about in the New York Times and the New Yorker, among other places. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
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Rudder cuts his data through gender, race and orientation to provide really interesting findings about how we act when behind an anonymous online veil. I don't buy all the hypotheses he uses to explain them, but that is fine, the data is interesting enough the way he sheds light on it. I read it on Kindle - and this is where it loses a mark - it obviously was better on Ipad kindle for the graphs and charts he uses, I can live with that. But when I got to 67% through the book and find endnotes, bibliography, index taking up a third somehow I felt a little short-changed. It is fascinating but I wanted more!
My only criticism is, this is very much an American book and says almost nothing about other countries. (Hence for example there is rather a lot of discussion of US racial demographics.) That said most of the conclusions apply equally to the UK and elsewhere.
The only reason I knocked a star off is the writing style - be prepared for a highly casual tone and explanations that are often lengthier than necessary.
In addition to being entertaining, it's given me lots of anecdotes to use with others :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting book - full of data which is not only very informative but also good for a dinner table chat. Helped spark an interest in data and want to find out more. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Matthew Jeffries
This is exactly the kind of book I should like. Unfortunately all the good stuff could be covered in about 20 pages. The rest is meandering filler.Published 1 month ago by N. P. Barthram
I heard about this book from the Cracked podcast, I found it very interesting.Published 6 months ago by Rosco McQueen
Fun and insightful book - if you're interested in how data can help us understand human behaviour this is an approachable and quirky read.Published 13 months ago by Richard