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A Report on the Surveillance Society 02-11-06

A Report on the Surveillance Society 02-11-06

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We live in a surveillance society. It is pointless to talk about surveillance society in the future tense. In all the rich countries of the world everyday life is suffused with surveillance encounters, not merely from dawn to dusk but 24/7. Some encounters obtrude into the routine, like when we get a ticket for running a red light when no one was around but the camera. But the majority are now just part of the fabric of daily life. Unremarkable.

Conventionally, to speak of surveillance society is to invoke something sinister, smacking of dictators and totalitarianism. We will come to Big Brother in a moment but the surveillance society is better thought of as the outcome of modern organizational practices, businesses, government and the military than as a covert conspiracy. Surveillance may be viewed as progress towards efficient administration, in Max Weber’s view, a benefit for the development of Western capitalism and the modern nation-state.

Identity Control, Border Crossing, Managing Brandscapes, Cashless Shopping, Keeping Tabs on Kids, Total Social Solutions? Driving Change, Friendly Flying Eyes in the Sky, The Unidentified Underclass, Virtual Tracking, Your Life is Our Business, Looking after You, Conclusion: The Hall of Mirrors
We live in a surveillance society. It is pointless to talk about surveillance society in the future tense. In all the rich countries of the world everyday life is suffused with surveillance encounters, not merely from dawn to dusk but 24/7. Some encounters obtrude into the routine, like when we get a ticket for running a red light when no one was around but the camera. But the majority are now just part of the fabric of daily life. Unremarkable.

Conventionally, to speak of surveillance society is to invoke something sinister, smacking of dictators and totalitarianism. We will come to Big Brother in a moment but the surveillance society is better thought of as the outcome of modern organizational practices, businesses, government and the military than as a covert conspiracy. Surveillance may be viewed as progress towards efficient administration, in Max Weber’s view, a benefit for the development of Western capitalism and the modern nation-state.

Identity Control, Border Crossing, Managing Brandscapes, Cashless Shopping, Keeping Tabs on Kids, Total Social Solutions? Driving Change, Friendly Flying Eyes in the Sky, The Unidentified Underclass, Virtual Tracking, Your Life is Our Business, Looking after You, Conclusion: The Hall of Mirrors

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Published by: Blue on Feb 02, 2009
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