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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for the Future at the New Frontier of Power | Shoshana Zuboff
10 posts | 4 read | 4 reading | 20 to read
"Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense." -- Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, Shock Doctrine and No Logo, and Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University "No zippy one-liners from me, except to almost literally beg you to read/ingest this book" -- Tom Peters author of In Search of Excellence The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us. The heady optimism that defined the Internet's early days is gone. Technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. Profits now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape our values and define our future? Shoshana Zuboff shows that we are at a crossroads. We still have the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in, and what we decide now will shape the rest of the century. Our choices: allow technology to enrich the few and impoverish the many, or harness it and distribute its benefits. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight. As it explores this new capitalism's impact on society, politics, business, and technology, it exposes the struggles that will decide both the next chapter of capitalism and the meaning of information civilization. Most critically, it shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities and ensure we are the masters of the digital rather than its slaves.
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Lindy
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Bailedbailed

I am very interested in the topic of digital surveillance but my brain doesn‘t seem to be taking in everything: I keep having to rewind. I‘m nearly 3 hours in but seeing that there are more than 21 hours left to go gives me a feeling of dread—an indication to set this aside. Zuboff references Piketty; another book that I fear is over my head. For both of these books, I think I‘d prefer to read summaries.

Leftcoastzen I have had Capital for years , it‘s scowling at me from my shelves unread.I have had Surveillance Capitalism out from the library for at least 10 days a, haven‘t touched it yet . Bookish problems ! 4d
Lindy @Leftcoastzen 😉👯 4d
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ForCuriosity
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I‘m doing this book for a school report and having a mental debate on using post-it‘s or just writing in the book. What do you do? I can‘t make up my mind on this.

GingerAntics I find it easier to write in the book. There can be mishaps with the post-it‘s that cause them to be entirely useless. I‘ve always been told, a well loved academic book will have writing all over it. 2mo
ForCuriosity @GingerAntics I think that‘s true as well. I‘ve deciders to write on the pages but mark certain one with colored post-it‘s so I can find it easily while planning my project. Having a small flag helps when referencing. 2mo
GingerAntics Oh I totally agree with that. I like to color code my flags, coordinated with my color coded highlights and notes (I‘m a bit OCD). I find flags easier than dog ears, but I‘ve known people who preferred the dog ear method. 2mo
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RamsFan1963
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Bailedbailed

I hate to bail on this, I do find the subject of internet surveillance and the changes in privacy interesting, but the author has become so repetitive I can't keep going. Maybe I'll return to it some other time.

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RamsFan1963
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"The disciplines of competitive markets promised to quiet unruly individuals and even transform them back into subjects too preoccupied with survival to complain."

Sends a cold chill down my spine

Leftcoastzen This is on my TBR stacking it ! 7mo
LauraJ My book club read this a few months ago. While some of the claims are overblown, it‘s still a must read. 7mo
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jonerichall

“At its core, surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self-referential. It revises Karl Marx's old image of capitalism as a vampire that feeds on labor, but with an unexpected turn. Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of every human's experience.“

An exceptionally important read on a topic that affects anyone with a smartphone and/or users on the internet. Highly recommended.

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Shay
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Bailedbailed

This is due back tomorrow so I think I am bailing. About 130 pages in, and the subject is interesting but the prose is rather florid...

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LauraJ
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Pickpick

My book club discussed this tonight. It‘s a pick, but there is a lot of repetition and the writing style veers from fact-based to flowery prose. Zuboff makes a good case for how little most people know about the extent of personal tracking that occurs in the internet age. She warns that we need to protect our rights to privacy while we still can. Facebook is consistently the worst offender. You‘ve been warned! Overall, good food for thought.

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LauraJ
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There is no #dinnerandabook with these two around. Not even an audiobook! Sabrina took a bite of my sandwich the second I got absorbed in the book. If anyone wants to adopt...or stick to a diet, these girls are available.
#kal #catsoflitsy

candority Adorable! 😻 10mo
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Leftcoastzen So adorable!😻 10mo
RiverKScottWrites Gahhh such cuties!!! 😍 10mo
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LauraJ
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Late to the game. This is the book I‘ve been packing with me for the last week. It‘s my book club‘s April selection. It‘s long and occasionally scary. #packingpages

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charl08
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Given that I'm posting this , maybe I should read the book...

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