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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

First edition.
  • 3.88 ·
  • 8 Ratings
  • 81 Want to read
  • 5 Currently reading
  • 10 Have read
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Public Affairs
Language
English
Pages
704

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"Shoshana Zuboff, named "the true prophet of the information age" by the Financial Times, has always been ahead of her time. Her seminal book In the Age of the Smart Machine foresaw the consequences of a then-unfolding era of computer technology. Now, three decades later she asks why the once-celebrated miracle of digital is turning into a nightmare. Zuboff tackles the social, political, business, personal, and technological meaning of "surveillance capitalism" as an unprecedented new market form. It is not simply about tracking us and selling ads, it is the business model for an ominous new marketplace that aims at nothing less than predicting and modifying our everyday behavior--where we go, what we do, what we say, how we feel, who we're with. The consequences of surveillance capitalism for us as individuals and as a society vividly come to life in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism's pathbreaking analysis of power. The threat has shifted from a totalitarian "big brother" state to a universal global architecture of automatic sensors and smart capabilities: A "big other" that imposes a fundamentally new form of power and unprecedented concentrations of knowledge in private companies--free from democratic oversight and control"--

"In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification." 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. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it."--Dust jacket.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Home or exile in the digital future
Part I: The foundations of surveillance capitalism. August 9, 2011: setting the stage for surveillance capitalism ; The discovery of behavioral surplus ; The moat around the castle ; The elaboration of surveillance capitalism: kidnap, corner, compete ; Hijacked: the division of learning in society
Part II: The advance of surveillance capitalism. The reality business ; Rendition: from experience to data ; Rendition from the depths ; Make them dance ; The right to the future tense
Part III: Instrumentarian power for a third modernity. Two species of power ; Big Other and the rise of instrumentarian power ; A utopia of certainty ; The instrumentarian collective ; Of life in the hive ; The right to sanctuary
Conclusion: A coup from above.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Text in English.

Copyright Date
2019

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
306.3
Library of Congress
HF5415.32 .Z83 2019, HF5415.32.Z83 2018

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
x, 691 pages :
Number of pages
704

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26677236M
ISBN 10
1610395697
ISBN 13
9781610395694
LCCN
2018003901
OCLC/WorldCat
1081043473

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