Yeah, I agree, though I'd argue this has been going on almost as long as recorded media. Sure, it was likely produced by orgs with their own agenda. Personally I would have liked more mentioned of Cambridge Analytica being a symptom of monopolistic surveillance capitalism and not just "one bad apple".
I just found it refreshing to see privacy analysis go beyond the usual "It's all for more relevant ads" talking point, and mention mass behaviour modification, even if still incompletely.
Actually, I just came across this article (on VIce of all places) which sums up what I was just saying nicely::
@Blort Calling it surveillance capitalism falls short by painting a target on silicon valley only, in my view.
Missing ideas which were on wallstreet literal playbooks since the 20s. Edward Bernays ideas for example, which worked fine with broadcast (e.g. media, culture) and little to no feedback (e.g. surveillance), and won elections just the same.
PS: I frivolously consider Vice a NRA honey pot :D They publish US-left and US-right content. But the only thing that is always for, is guns.
I see your point although I feel that the problem has exploded well out of the bounds of one location (even if many of it's most publicly palatable prophets originated there).
Perhaps the phrase "surveilance as a tool to further power consolidation of incumbent power structures via psychological manipulation" would be more accurate than "surveillance capitalism". It just doesn't fit as neatly into a 500 character toot. 🤔
Now back to reading up on the virtues of my beloved NRA... 😜
@Blort My point was that a documentary on those topics could just call it Capitalism.
...Like anything on gulags call it an effect of communism
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