Morgan Freeman is dead and other big data stories

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In the context of the feverish pace in which the social sciences are grappling with the implications for a turn toward ‘big data’, I suggest a different starting point: that big data are not necessarily social science data. In this somewhat speculative provocation, I argue that we should lean more on the notion that social media are phenomena and less on the notion that social media are evidence of phenomena. In doing so, I sketch four areas of potential criticality for an emerging big data studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-349
Number of pages5
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 27 2015

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  • big data
  • criticality
  • geosocial
  • social media
  • social science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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