The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

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Zuboff, Shoshana. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. New York City: PublicAffairs, 2019.

From (perhaps ironically) the blurb on

The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit -- at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future.[1]

As of May 2021, an interview, discussion, and excerpts are (still) available on WBUR's On Point, "The Perilous Power Of Social Media Platforms."[2]

See (and if possible hear) for the themes of surveillance generally[3] and perhaps the hive,[4] and updated background on such works as Nineteen Eighty-Four, Little Brother, and The Circle.

RDE, finishing, 6May21