The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Lib/E: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (Compact Disc)

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Every so often a book is written that clarifies the world in ways that we experience, yet have previously been unable to lucidly and more fully explain. Zuboff has studied the corporate use of technology and its effects on the marketplace and produced this wonderful, scary, and necessary book. Big Tech corporations have broken apart from the controls of democratic society; in the way that the Industrial Age harnessed and exploited the natural world, now Surveillance Capitalism harnesses human nature itself by renditioning our experiences, dealing in predictive products, and eventually modifying behavior. No longer, argues Zuboff, are we the citizen, the consumer—or the product, even—but after the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Cambridge Analytica are done with us, we are more akin to an elephant carcass after the poacher has extracted its ivory tusks. (As I write this, there is a startup corporation in England proposing that for $29 they can brainwash any individual that has a Facebook page—not exactly power to the people.) It will take a much more functional democratic society than we currently have to push back against the parasitic and rapacious surveillance capitalists.

— Will

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549149962
ISBN-10: 1549149962
Publisher: Public Affairs
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Language: English