๐Ÿ’ฌ Microcast #086 โ€” Strategies for dealing with surveillance capitalism

Replied to Microcast #086 โ€” Strategies for dealing with surveillance capitalism (Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel)

Over the last year (at least) Iโ€™ve been talking about the dangers of surveillance capitalism. Stephen Haggard picked up on this and, after an email conversation, sent through an audio provocation for disucssion.

I have tried and failed to record an audio response to this, so have turned to text. I think the challenge we face in regards to surveillance capitalism is one around narrative. Although we live in an ‘Informed Era‘, there is always more that can be done. As I have discussed elsewhere:

The challenge as I see it is to understand that consent is something that we inadvertently give each time we tap into an application. I would argue then it is a constant state of becoming more informed. In an ever changing world, with goals forever moving, it is a case where we can never quite be fully informed.

One of the issues with this is the danger to be black and white with such conversations. I recently read a piece the discussed the problem with science research being one of narrative, rather than just explaining the facts. I think that the same applies for discussions around surveillance capitalism.

Although people like Douglas Rushkoff have raised concern about narrative and storytelling, I feel that until we have different people talking about the topic it is not going to go anywhere.

2 responses on “๐Ÿ’ฌ Microcast #086 โ€” Strategies for dealing with surveillance capitalism”

  1. I think itโ€™s not necessarily different people as much as more people – which will by definition get different people.

    As good as Doug is … his readership will be of a certain kind.

    As he advises in chapter 100 … โ€˜find othersโ€™

    As I say – it is incumbent on us all.

  2. Thanks Aaron, some useful thoughts and links in that comment. Iโ€™ve noticed over here a change in mood from Facebook, Google, etc. being โ€˜coolโ€™ to them being just big companies that we have to deal with. I think that swing might have a knock-on effect in the type of legislation that people have an appetite for, too.

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