Digital companion species and eating data: Implications for theorising digital data-human assemblages

Deborah Lupton

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    This commentary is an attempt to begin to identify and think through some of the ways in which sociocultural theory may contribute to understandings of the relationship between humans and digital data. I develop an argument that rests largely on the work of two scholars in the field of science and technology studies: Donna Haraway and Annemarie Mol. Both authors emphasised materiality and multiple ontologies in their writing. I argue that these concepts have much to offer critical data studies. I employ the tropes of companion species, drawn from Haraway, and eating data, from Mol, and demonstrate how these may be employed to theorise digital data–human assemblages
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-5
    Number of pages5
    JournalBig Data Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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