This blog is about trying to use computation to better understand our cultural present. What happens when we marshall evidence beyond the anecdotal to support our beliefs about how culture works? Who stands to gain and who stands to lose when computers and data enter the fray? Wither the critics?

Our aim is to be engaged, critical, challenging, skeptical, and entertaining. We encourage you to respond and engage with us as we try to create a community of readers interested in similar questions.