The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

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

Book - 2019
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610395694
Branch Call Number: 306. 3 ZUB 2019-01
Characteristics: x, 691 pages ; 25 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Feb 06, 2020

Abridged version may reach much wider audience. Mostly enlightened by her eloquence, my conscience was also disrupted by the repetitive diatribe.
Not in disagreement, I’m rethinking the modernity, humanity, democracy...

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devsalz
Sep 21, 2019

Long, academic, boring tome that's overly dramatic.

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vvv
Sep 10, 2019

Ms. Zuboff says, "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". She goes on to substantiate this with facts infinitum. Instead of the in our face "Big Brother" of the past, we now have the "Big Other", a ubiquitous digital architecture operating in the interests of surveillance capital. She supports her assertations with, at times, very scary facts about how this is all happening.

A great book and a must read for all of us concerned about maintaining our freedom and fighting this ubiquitous digital force that threatens us.

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RBVanDyke
Aug 15, 2019

One of the best books this lifetime recreational reader has ever read. Ms. Zuboff has synthesized information and thought from a staggering range of sources to explain how surveillance capitalism has come into being and how it is now inescapable. One of the very few books I as a "library guy" might buy so that I can periodically reread some of the book's many brilliantly written sections...

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StarGladiator
Jul 25, 2019

************************* 50 STARRED Review *******************
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". . . because they demean human dignity."
What a brainful! This Prof. Zuboff is one heavy thinker - - in the space of less than two pages she captures the brilliant conceptions of Polanyi, Arendt and David Harvey - - Holy cow!
[No worries, though, I've got a self-driving, fully connected vehicle.
OOPS! Late on my insurance payment and my auto automatically locked me out on Monday. Got that straightened out by Tuesday, but I was late on my bank loan payment so it locked me out again! Straightened that out, but it mysteriously locked me out for the rest of the week - - tried to take public transit, but I was barred from that due to my low social credit rating! Rats!
{Whatever became of the double-dutch bus route?}
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK9hK82r-AM
Next week, I finally discovered that I was wrongly issued an incorrect parking ticket which went unpaid, of course, since it was sent to the correct offender, but with my name on it! So that solves that, but I was fired for not showing up at my Uber/TaskRabbit/MeWork jobs!
Double Rats!!!!!]
Reading this reminded me of that Buck Rogers' guy, Prof. Zarkoff and his 25th century super-science, except it's the brilliant Prof. Zuboff and her dire predictions. One thing is for certain:
THE FUTURE IS NOW !

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StarGladiator
Jul 25, 2019

************************* 50 STARRED Review *******************
____________________________________________________________________________
". . . because they demean human dignity."
What a brainful! This Prof. Zuboff is one heavy thinker - - in the space of less than two pages she captures the brilliant conceptions of Polanyi, Arendt and David Harvey - - Holy cow!
[No worries, though, I've got a self-driving, fully connected vehicle.
OOPS! Late on my insurance payment and my auto automatically locked me out on Monday. Got that straightened out by Tuesday, but I was late on my bank loan payment so it locked me out again! Straightened that out, but it mysteriously locked me out for the rest of the week - - tried to take public transit, but I was barred from that due to my low social credit rating! Rats!
{Whatever became of the double-dutch bus route?}
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK9hK82r-AM
Next week, I finally discovered that I was wrongly issued an incorrect parking ticket which went unpaid, of course, since it was sent to the correct offender, but with my name on it! So that solves that, but I was fired for not showing up at my Uber/TaskRabbit/MeWork jobs!
Double Rats!!!!!]
Reading this reminded me of that Buck Rogers' guy, Prof. Zarkoff and his 25th century super-science, except it's the brilliant Prof. Zuboff and her dire predictions. One thing is for certain:
THE FUTURE IS NOW !

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nrizkalla
Jul 15, 2019

This is one of the best books I read on this issue. Zubbof analysis and synthesis is deep and convincing.

Yes, our humanity will be exploited in a new capitalism and we must do something about it.

If you believe you are the customer of the likes of Facebook or Google, you are wrong. You are just the raw material and your behaviour is being processed to be sold to payers.

We are just trading our free will, privacy, individuality and human nature for convenience, utility and being connected.

The World must become conscious about this. We must regulate this surveillance capitalism and we must find ways to maintain independence from being enslaved to its greed.

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lwoodsga
Jun 29, 2019

Useful nuggets of insight in the mechanics of digital activity buried in a lagoon of whine. A replay of griping about commercials on radio or TV. You accept manipulation and intrusion for a "free" product, or pay for it. Period.

No one is forced to consume digital products. If you choose to use "free" versions, your data is fair game. Get over it.

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capitalcity
Jun 27, 2019

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism offers no corporate lawyer speak or political doubletalk. Zuboff lays it on the line. The menu proffered by Silicon Valley is wholly unappetizing. When the predominant population of a society is ignorant (voluntarily or otherwise) of the pervasiveness of surveillance, the foundational element of trust disintegrates. A tsunami of surveillance minutiae producing a delusional imperative to catalog, categorize and fashion into a predictive tool the aforementioned, leads to a fruitless, addictive obsession. The density and opaqueness of the sensory information fog results in paralysis of group dynamism. Inevitably surveillance escalation mimics a vacuous exercise. Moreover, not to be overlooked, is the pernicious, collateral visceral imperative to have one's behavior constantly exposed so that, hopefully, society will deem it worthwhile and inspiring; thus, justification for our daily frivolities as seminal constructive events, ipso facto, vanquishing any possibility of loneliness or depression arising from notions of isolation ('Nobody cares about me!).

IndyPL_TomP Jun 04, 2019

"An unavoidable takeaway of 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism' is, essentially, that everything is even worse than you thought. Even if you’ve followed the news items and historical trends that gird Zuboff’s analysis, her telling takes what look like privacy overreaches and data blunders, and recasts them as the intentional movements of a global system designed to violate you as a revenue stream." Opinion piece by Sam Biddle in The Intercept.

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mamabadger56
Aug 13, 2020

"Surveillance capitalism's ability to keep democracy at bay produced these stark facts. Two men at Google who do not enjoy the legitimacy of the vote, democratic oversight, or the demands of shareholder governance exercise control over the organization and presentation of the world's information. One man at Facebook who does not enjoy the legitimacy of the vote, democratic oversight, or the demands of shareholder governance exercises control over an increasingly universal means of social connection along with the information concealed in its networks."

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