Creating a Structure

In our meeting on the 1st March, we decided we needed to come up with a structure for our research and presentation, since we had a lot of different sources and information but no real direction. Obviously, the cost of living online has many different areas of interest, but we decided to narrow our research down to primarily looking at how living online creates a surveillance state/ society of control, and the effect this has on the self as well as society. We will use theory throughout our presentation to ground the points we make, but we also hope to use video clips, and make it slightly interactive so that it remains interesting.

Structure of presentation

Statement with key aims, methodology and a quote from theory.

How living online creates a surveillance state/ society of control (incorporate theory throughout e.g. foucault, deleuze, etc) vs. how living online affects the self.

  • Data collection: through smart tech and targeted ads >> leads to political manipulation (cambridge analytica) and other manipulation e.g social credit scores like in china (black mirror’s nosedive)
  • Rise of technology: computers becoming smarter than humans, effect on human labour and human creativity
    • Human and non-human agency (geography)
  • Language of privacy agreements: analyse sentences from terms and conditions, in what way do social media/tech companies try to manipulate their customers through language?

Conclusions: Reflect on methods — are we compliant in this surveillance state or society of control? How have we benefited from living online in this research?

Presentation ideas:

  • Pollev (we collect data in our presentation from George and Rosa)
  • Clips from youtube e.g. climax of black mirror episode Nosedive at beginning
  • Rate George and Rosa as audience members like in Nosedive

Data Collection Sources:

  • Cambridge analytica
  • Chinese social credit scores
  • Black mirror’s nosedive
  • ‘Who’s watching you?’ podcast and Surveillance Capitalism
  • Foucault’s surveillance theory

Rise of technology sources:

  • Smart technology examples
  • Gramophone, film typewriter (Histories, Electronic Warfare and Storage & Memory sections)
  • A declaration of the independence of cyberspace by John Perry Barlow 1996: the power of cyberspace and legal implications
  • Human and Non-human agency by Hayden Lorimer

Language of Privacy Agreements sources

  • Read Before You Agree: How to Understand Online Terms of Service – examples of clauses big social media / tech companies use, word lengths, etc
  • What’s wrong with online privacy policies? By Irene Pollach – discusses the language of privacy policies and the implications

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