Al Jazeera America Puts Comic “Terms of Service” To Print

In 2014 Al Jazeera America published the online graphic novella, Terms of Service: Understanding Our Role in the World of Big Data.The 46-page book is by Josh Neufeld and Michael Keller of Al Jazeera America.

From Bradley Campbell, PRI piece in 2014:
It’s the first book, or graphic novella, published by Al Jazeera America. It centers on how we hand over data in the US for our own benefit. And it explores the tradeoffs of such a transaction. You get the benefits and companies get your data. But you can’t control what the companies do with that data, or whom they hand it over to.

“It’s funny because all of those services come under intense scrutiny in this piece, but we’re in a world where we’re forced to use them to get the word out about the piece. So it’s a crazy world,” Neufeld says.

This past Wednesday Isotope Comics in San Francisco starting carring printed copies of the graphic novella. Isotope is claiming they are the first store to carry Terms of Service.

Do you want to see more graphic novellas from Al Jazeera America? As a fan of comic book stores, I would love for you to buy this book from Isotope Comics, but if you don’t live in San Francisco here is a link to online version of Terms of Service: Understanding Our Role in the World of Big Data.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.