"The ray of light has to know where it will ultimately end up before it can choose the direction to begin moving in.”

-- Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

CHQ Assembly Week 2 on Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives

We like to think we have ultimate freedom of choice. Yet every product or experience we can possibly consider has been carefully selected for us by a mostly invisible class of societal gatekeepers and tastemakers. Our choices are not only limited, but also affected by everything from explicit advertisements and an industry of “influencers” to secretive campaigns and algorithms.

Browse titles by this week's assembly contributors here

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Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224933
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Published: Viking - March 26th, 2019

Facebook: The Inside Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735213159
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 25th, 2020

How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324001560
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 15th, 2019

Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780520298576
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Published: University of California Press - October 23rd, 2018

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594206016
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Published: Penguin Press - May 19th, 2020

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316343756
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 12th, 2020

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781541773752
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 5th, 2019

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781479837243
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Published: New York University Press - February 20th, 2018

Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781328566249
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019