Shoshana Zuboff’s 2019 book ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power’ is a long, hard read. But it reminds me of Proverbs 1:17.
“For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird…”
While the facts and quotes and studies and history presented here are unpleasant to look at and realize – particularly as someone who has admittedly been a power user of many of these platforms for all of my adult life – still more unpleasant to imagine is the prospect that all the things Zuboff brings to light here would be true and we would not know anything about them.
For us to not know the situation with Big Tech and yet uncritically participate in the grand social surveillance and engineering experiment would be a disaster. That much is clear. Yet knowing what is being done to all of us, and what has been done – this is halfway there to undoing the damage and breaking the spell.
And we must by God’s grace break that spell.
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