[Update] Bücher zum Thema Bundestagswahl/Medien

Quelle: stern.de

Quelle: stern.de

Die kommenden Wochen werden wieder eine ganze Reihe von Büchern bringen, die sich mit den Themen Wahlkampf, Partizipation und Medienkompetenz von Politikern und Parteien befassen. Die folgen eigentlich den gängigen Mustern: Politiker stellen ihr Wahlprogramm zum Thema Netzpolitik vor, Journalisten werfen Politikern mangelnde Netzkompetenz vor und Wissenschaftler warnen entweder vor zuviel Digitalität oder zu wenig Digitalität. Trotzdem ein Überblick (Stand: 19.07.2013)!

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Barabasi: Linked

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and his team managed to publish some impressing findings about network sciences in the millenium years. If you hear them today, you sometimes subconsciously conclude, that this all doesn’t sound to new. But only because of the reason, the results of the group were picked up so fast and answered so many pressing questions about links in society, biology or economics. The book „Linked“ is a summary of their findings and a setup for new researches.


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Hafner, Lyon: Where Wizards stay up late

If you are 30 years old or about to turn 30, you might still remember Boris Becker doing commercials for AOL. One day – in the mid-90ies the internet was here, and with it its culture. Why? Because the internet has just evolved organically from the day it was born – without much planning. Freedom and neutrality were always fostering principles, say Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon in „Where wizards stay up late“. This is the only way the internet could have been.


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Anderson: Makers

Chris Anderson ist der Wahrheit immer irgendwie auf der Spur. Er hat im Prinzip den Long Tail entdeckt. In Makers entdeckt er den Long Tail für physische Produkte. Im Makers-Movement und durch neue Produktionstechniken – wie den 3D-Druck entsteht eine vollkommen neue Proto-Industrie. Noch setzt Anderson ein Fragezeichen dahinter, ob es sich um die dritte industrielle Revolution handelt – die Phantasie, die mit dem 3D-Druck kommt, scheint ihn aber zu bestätigen.


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Silver: The Signal and the Noise

Nate Silver is the wunderkind of American media. On his blog FiveThirtyEight he managed to predict the outcome of the last US presidential election with a precision never seen before. Silver bases his estimation on the works of Thomas Bayes and his „Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances“. Silver’s success with this approach is astonishing and casts a shadow on the work of political pundits and experts. In “Signal and the Noise” he explains how he does that.


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Ormerod: Why most things fail

Paul Ormerod’s „Why most things fail“ was published in 2005. Before the subprime crisis, but nevertheless it is a crisis book, that deals with information, lack of information and „bounded rationality“ (Stieglitz / Akerlof). The question is the very basic „why do companies fail?“ – a welcome antonym to all sorts of overconfident management literature. And it seems to me it is he last book written before Big Data came to life. Ormerod leaves some barriers to decision-making and predictive analysis – these are exactly the barriers companies – such as Google or Amazon – try to break.


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Wu: The Master Switch

There is a lot of talking about Berlin being the next Silicon Valley. Many point out that you can’t compare the two and refer to the amount of Venture Capital or the academic system in the Bay Area. There is another aspect: infrastructure and government legislation. In „Master Switch“ Tim Wu points out how innovation was blocked and supported by monopolies and more what it means today with data monopolies such as Google and Facebook. How possesed the master switch now and then…

Tim Wu

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Klausnitzer: Das Ende des Zufalls

Big Data ist schwer in Mode. In diversen Artikeln liest man immer wieder welche Datenmengen täglich produziert werden. Klar, hier müssen wahre Informationsschätze liegen, die weit größer sind als das was Werbung und Marktforschung liefern können – vom „Schwarzen Gold“ des Informationszeitalters ist die Rede. Die Revolution liegt aber ganz woanders: statt sich auf die Intuition und die Analyse von Experten zu verlassen, suchen unbestechliche Filter und Algorithmen nach Mustern und interpretieren diese.

Der österreichische Journalist hat Big Data ein Buch gewidmet und verspricht darin das Ende des Zufalls. Die Kombination von intelligenter Analyse mit den technologischen Möglichkeiten der Verarbeitung extrem großer Datenmengen eröffne zudem völlig neue Perspektiven und verändert grundlegend das Kopf-Bauch-Verhältnis von Entscheidungsfindungen, so Klausnitzer.


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Flyvbjerg: Megaprojects and Risk

When he wrote „Megaprojects and Risk“ Bent Flyvbjerg is Professor in the Department of Development and Planing at Aalborg University, Denmark. You wouldn’t expect a crime thriller from someone in that position – and you don’t get one. But Flyvbjerg refers to a concept called the zero-friction world and he points out, that we are living in a world that doesn’t allow any friction. Google’s latency tought us to be impatient – and even megaprojects have to be finished early, financed thoroughly and communicated transparently. Impossible.


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