“there was no way that we could have imagined [surveillance capitalism’s] action, any more than the early peoples of the Caribbean could have foreseen the rivers of blood that would flow from their hospitality toward the [Conquistadores]”

- Shoshana Zuboff

I'm a privacy fan; I distrust most internet services; I don't use a smartphone. But this overheated language makes me cringe. In what way is Google an Outside Context Problem, a qualitatively superior invasion? In what way is it violence?


It's possible that the oligopolists could become scary, rather than irritating and mildly risky. Dyson gave me a shudder with this:

"The genius — sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental — of the enterprises is that they have emerged as something else. Their models are no longer models... No one is at the controls... The successful social network is no longer a model of the social graph, it is the social graph. This is why it is a winner-take-all game."


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