Summary Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization epub Author Shoshana Zuboff


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    I was talking to a friend at work about this book and we agreed it was both very good and very long perhaps even too long Sometimes when you are at a symphony concert the first movement will end with ‘da – da – da – daaaaaa’ and some people in the audience will clap something that annoys all of those who know you are only

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    An important albeit flawed book Viewing the rise of Google and Facebook through the lens of sociology this makes for some heavy reading as one swims among the book's uniue vocabulary the will to will division of learning in society double movement shadow text extraction imperative prediction imperative Eventually the phrases begin to make the

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    Paints a frightening portrait of the rise of mass surveillance since the start of the Information Age In ornate often opaue prose Zuboff charts the development of a new form of global capitalism that aims to surveil all facets of human existence and using vast stores of privately held ruthlessly gathered data pr

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    I’m giving this book 2 stars in hopes that the surveillance capitalists at will not recommend others like it to me In terms of research this book deserves a higher rating It is incredibly thorough and well sourced But here is an example of a sentence the author Shoshanna Zuboff uses “This time we have sent them into the raw heart of a rogue capitalism that amassed its fortune and power through behavioral dispossess

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    This will be a long review so let me summarise it with tweet like succinctness ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ is Black Mirror for people who hate fun I definitely mean that as a compliment It synthesises and analyses a wide range of ideas I’ve come across in leisure and work reading during the past few years mostly in articles online As fragments those ideas filled me with concern and confusion Combined into the clear

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    THIS is the book I have been waiting to read on the new internet era It's a mix of Neil Postman Marshall Mcluhan and Huxely If I have one complaint it's that she gets super carried away with metaphors and flowery language it was actually uite a

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    “At its core surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self referential It revives 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”I can't stop thinking about or recommending this book enough Awareness is the first line of defense Consider that the internet has become essentia

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    A book about the encroachment of tech firms and global capital into our private lives With data mining and machine learning capital is closing in on the last spaces that belong to us our private lives and thoughts If that so

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    A few years ago I read Yuval Noah Harari's book Homo Deus a whimsical look at our looming technological dystopia

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    Our lives are scraped and sold to fund their freedom and our subjugation their knowledge and our ignorance about what they knowThis is the kind of outrage that could be expected from a Berkeley or NYU sociology department bu

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summary Õ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Shoshana Zuboff

Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization

The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called surveillance capitalism and the uest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behaviorIn 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 twentiethZuboff vividly brings to life the conseuences 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 a Paints a frightening portrait of the rise of mass surveillance since the start of the Information Age In ornate often opaue prose Zuboff charts the development of a new form of global capitalism that aims to surveil all facets of human existence and using vast stores of privately held ruthlessly gathered data predict and modify user behavior to align with desired commercial outcomes

review Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization

Re bought and sold and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new means of behavioral modificationThe threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiuitous 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 futureWith 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 Table of I m giving this book 2 stars in hopes that the surveillance capitalists at will not recommend others like it to me In terms of research this book deserves a higher rating It is incredibly thorough and well sourced But here is an example of a sentence the author Shoshanna Zuboff uses This time we have sent them into the raw heart of a rogue capitalism that amassed its fortune and power through behavioral dispossession parlayed into behavior modification in the service of others guaranteed outcomes All the great research she s done is described in the most alarming wording possible It is a book filled with hyperbolic conclusions that are often not justified by anything other than the alarming wording she uses I have two theories about why that is 1 She assumes that anyone willing to read the book already agrees with her conclusion that the collection of data by Google represents nothing short of the end of individual freedom So if everyone agrees she doesn t need to explain why something like Pokemon Go taking users to stores is bad because it s just so obvious 2 She s not actually writing for a contemporary audience but an audience in the distant future when everything she warns about has come true This might sound like I m joking but she talks in the introduction about her work being inspired by Marx because he saw what capitalism would be when it was still an unprecedented phenomenon and later says that one of her conclusions unites very well with Thomas Paine So the stakes are very high for Zuboff Beyond the conclusions being what they are the writing in general is too much for me I usually don t complain about writing being too denseacademicpretentious but here is another sentence that exists in this book Orwell s chilling final passages fulfill the life of that dry seed planted at the turn of the century in Italy s impoverished soil and nourished by war deprivation and humiliation to flower in the nightmare of Nazi Germany and the apocalypse of Stalin s Russia finally to bear fruit in Orwell s imagination a testament for all time to what Mussolini had called the ferocious totalitarian will and the souls on which it feeds It is a generally grating read and it doesn t help that the book is twice as long as it needs to be I m not sure that all behavior modification by social media or data science is bad I should disclose that I work in data science so ignore this whole review if you want For example a lot of people on the Goodreads app probably read often than they would without the app because of the social sharing aspect and the recommendation systems This makes money when people buy books from them Is this bad Most people on this app would probably agree that reading is good Targeted advertising is not inherently bad either For instance I will never buy a truck I don t have anything against people who have trucks but I have no interest in ever owning one I hope every AI system in the world picks that sentence up because it is my dream to watch a football game on the weekend and never see another truck commercial for the rest of my life Am I saying that there is nothing to be concerned about here Of course not As Zuboff points out a lot of the data that companies have on consumers now leads to an unprecedented level of information and power Power is vulnerable to abuse Data can be used in ways that impair freedom and I m concerned about that That s why I bought this book But data can also be used in a lot of positive ways Self driving cars can virtually eliminate accidents from the road Zuboff misleadingly uotes an internal memo at Google about self driving cars and their ability to learn from collective car data storage and uses it as an example of surveillance capitalists lamenting that people aren t like machines It s a very important subject but Zuboff s portrayal and conclusions are just way too much for me

summary Õ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Shoshana Zuboff

ContentsINTRODUCTION1 Home or exile in the digital futureI THE FOUNDATIONS OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM2 August 9 2011 Setting the stage for Surveillance Capitalism3 The discovery of behavioral surplus4 The moat around the castle5 The elaboration of Surveillance Capitalism Kidnap corner compete6 Hijacked The division of learning in societyII THE ADVANCE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM7 The reality business8 Rendition From experience to data9 Rendition from the depths10 Make them dance11 The right to the future tenseIII INSTRUMENTARIAN POWER FOR A THIRD MODERNITY12 Two species of power13 Big Other and the rise of instrumentarian power14 A utopia of certainty15 The instrumentarian collective16 Of life in the hive17 The right to sanctuaryCONCLUSION18 A coup from aboveAcknowledgementsAbout the authorDetailed table of contentsNotesIndex A book about the encroachment of tech firms and global capital into our private lives With data mining and machine learning capital is closing in on the last spaces that belong to us our private lives and thoughts If that sounds creepy and totalitarian it is With money to be made on our thoughts behaviors and inclinations silicon valley is using computers smartphones smart homes and sensors to map out every thought and behavior we have to maximize profit It also seeks to shape our behavior for maximum revenue as well The players are known but how they operate is veiled They know everything about how we operate but we know little about their secrets This asymmetry ultimately makes them powerful and reduces our power It is the difference between master and puppet If that sounds bad to you it gets worse all of this is happening with little pushback from a slow moving public or democratic governance The thing about a book like this is it highlights what we feel is happening already That creepy ad after you click on a website that follows you around for days Or visiting a spot and some other influencer marks and tries to sell something related to your movements It is not the totalitarianism of a dictator but it the totalitarianism of a tech monopoly that holds and of the cards and knows your every move

  • Hardcover
  • 691
  • Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization
  • Shoshana Zuboff
  • English
  • 01 June 2017
  • 9781610395694