Big Data in Discourse

  • Maria Cristina PaganoniEmail author


The chapter explains the meanings of big data and raises excitement and doubt over its use within the wider societal context. To introduce the critical features of big data analytics, it recapitulates the unfolding of scientific paradigms over history, with the framework of “data-driven” science currently taking shape amid contestation. It discusses how the big data debate urges insights from different disciplines to assay the epistemological, anthropological and ethical changes brought about by technology advancements. Academic conversations surrounding novel approaches to knowledge production, dissemination and research ethics are also summarised. Finally, a linguistic and discourse-analytic approach is seen as conducive to novel insights into three crucial domains, i.e., the global news media, healthcare and the recent regulation of data protection in the European Union.


Big data Data-driven science Epistemology Ethics Ontology 


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze della Mediazione Linguistica e di Studi InterculturaliUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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