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Review: Dataclysm

March 31, 2015


I have a fascination with data and statistics so when a couple of my friends (Jill, Swapna) raved over Dataclysm by Christian Rudder, I paid attention.  Rudder is one of the founders of OkCupid and he’s been analyzing data from that site for years.  After a while, he noticed trends and decided to use the data to do some research of his own.  He also used data from sites like Facebook and Google.

Rudder can write and explains his process and conclusions in easy to understand language and I quickly became absorbed in the book.  I found some of the data fascinating but also found some of his conclusions open to question.  I will say, though, that his presentation on the power of social media is powerful and scary – every teen needs to read it!

There is some fascinating and important information in Dataclysm and I read it quickly.  I liked it a great deal but not as much as many people have.   I felt like he dragged things on a little too long because I was ready for things to be wrapped up by the end of the book.  Still, if you enjoy data and/or statistics or are worried about the impact of the internet and social media, you’ll want to read this book.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2015 5:58 am

    I have since read other studies that use social media to find out what people are saying and thinking, and there is so much fascinating out there to analyze, it’s easy to see how one could go on and on! :–)

  2. March 31, 2015 7:58 am

    I have been considering reading this one too but somehow forgot about it. Need to add it to my wishlist! I love looking at data and trying to ascertain what it tells about us.

  3. March 31, 2015 9:35 am

    I’d love to read this book… sounds fascinating!

  4. March 31, 2015 9:39 am

    This sounds fascinating, yet dry at the same time for someone that is not really all that into data! I do like the idea of examining social media in terms of behavior. I think that’s a fascinating topic.

  5. March 31, 2015 9:43 am

    Jill recommended this book to me a while back. I really need to get to it soon.

  6. March 31, 2015 12:49 pm

    Social media is changing a lot of things, that’s certain. Kathy, thanks for your honest review.

  7. March 31, 2015 12:59 pm

    I have this on my TBR – maybe for Nonfiction November!

  8. Patty permalink
    March 31, 2015 3:39 pm

    Hmmm…very interesting…

  9. March 31, 2015 8:20 pm

    I am really into data and statistics too and this sounds like a fascinating read. I should persuade the teen to read it too 🙂

  10. March 31, 2015 10:05 pm

    I read this one a while back and there was something about his cocky attitude that bothered me – it’s probably just me! the statistics were fascinating though!

  11. April 1, 2015 12:56 am

    This one sounds fascinating. It’s amazing how much stats can reveal.

  12. April 1, 2015 12:55 pm

    Don’t even get me going on social media. It scares me a little when it comes to my kids. Well, it scares me a lot, actually.

  13. April 1, 2015 2:45 pm

    Very interesting! I haven’t had to deal with my kids using social media yet but I know it’s coming. It is scary to think about how powerful it can be.

  14. April 3, 2015 11:17 pm

    Jason just read a book that talked about data like this, can’t remember what it is right now. I’ll have to recommend this one.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    April 8, 2015 8:20 pm

    I bet my husband would be interested in this one!

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