I’ve finished writing my book, The Essential Guide to Surveillance Capitalism, and you can read it in its entirety below:

Surveillance capitalism is just capitalism.

(Don’t get me wrong, I still think the term has value in drawing attention to the power of centralised digital/networked technology to amplify the fundamental inequities and autocratic tendencies of capitalism in ways that were simply not possible before but not if we view it as a corruption of capitalism. It is capitalism working as designed, its ramifications – internalities not externalities – amplified exponentially by centralised digital/networked technology.)

@aral For me, intelligence is above all having a sense of synthesis :troll: #AllAgree

@aral Hm, unpopular opinion: I dislike the "as intended" part.
I think this is teleology.
Evolution theory might help anderstanding why teleology is wrong and unnecessary; also it feeds conspirationism.

@aral Capitalism is the disease of our time and money is the virus that delivers it.

@aral It was in the early 1990's when all restrictions were lifted and the disease started making its way into the internet.

@aral Back then we were fooled into believing that would make things better. Now we know that we're seriously f**ked.

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