Saturday, June 17, 2023

Free raw material

Sur-veil-lance Cap-i-tal-ism, n.
  1. A new economic order that claims human edperience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction, and sales;
  2. A parasitic economic logic in which the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new global architecture of behavioral modification; 
  3. A rogue mutation of capitalism marked by concentrations of wealth, knowledge, and power unprecedented in human history;
  4. The foundational framework of a surveillance economy;
  5. As significant a threat to human nature in the twenty-first century as industrial capitalism was to the natural world in the nineteenth and twentieth;
  6. The origin of a new instrumentarian power that asserts dominance over society and presents startling challenges to market democracy;
  7. A movement that aims to impose a new collective order based on total certainty;
  8. An expropriation of critical human rights that is best understood as a coup from above: an overthrow of the people's sovereignty.
In this beautiful definition, Shoshana Zuboff lays out everything that she is going to present about what surveillance capitalism is, how it operates in our world, and why it's a problem. 

You know I'm going to love this book.