Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us

by Francisco Mejia Uribe Aeon edited by O Society May 3, 2019 One of the hallmarks of existentialism is its particular emphasis on the concept of ‘anguish’, understood as the feeling we experience when we grasp our radical responsibility in defining who we are – individually and as a species. If human beings have no predetermined essence … Continue reading Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us

Social Media and the Society of the Spectacle

by Kenn Orphan CounterPunch edited by O Society May 2, 2019 “The reigning economic system is a vicious cycle of isolation. Its technologies are based on isolation, and these contribute to the same isolation. From automobiles to television, the goods the spectacular system chooses to produce also serve it as weapons for constantly reinforcing the … Continue reading Social Media and the Society of the Spectacle

American Internet Companies Are Privatized Instruments of US Geopolitical Power: They No Longer Bother To Hide It

Perhaps the one positive thing to come out of RussiaGate is no one believes Silicon Valley’s global utopianism anymore. By Yasha Levine edited by O Society April 21, 2019   What a Western Electric advert from 1944 can teach us about Google and Facebook I was in the New York Public Library recently doing research … Continue reading American Internet Companies Are Privatized Instruments of US Geopolitical Power: They No Longer Bother To Hide It

Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy

Surveillance capitalism is doing to human nature what industrial capitalism has done to our planet. LAUREN WALKER / TRUTHOUT by Eve Ottenberg Truthout edited by O Society April 12, 2019 For Google, Facebook, Twitter and their ilk, ad revenues are sacred. As Shoshana Zuboff observes in her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, users are not tech companies’ … Continue reading Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy

How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage

Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” explains how Big Tech came to dominate our lives. written by Alex Ross  New Yorker edited by O Society April 9, 2019 A decade ago, the residents of the English village of Broughton, in Buckinghamshire, formed a human chain to block an intruder. A car with a camera … Continue reading How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage

The Eye of Sauron is Upon Us

Written by James Heddle  EON Edited by O Society  Mar 13, 2019 5G - Surveillance Capitalism on Steroids Part 2 of The Panopticon Perplex Tolkin’s fictional Dark Lord Sauron used a magic all-seeing orb to overlook and intervene in the affairs of Middle Earth - Now we have our own real world counterparts "We have work … Continue reading The Eye of Sauron is Upon Us