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The Age of Self-Surveillance

PSM V88 D058 The pigeon spy and his war work


If you see something, say something.

Most of us are familiar with that little message, but I think we got it backwards. It’s focused on being the observer, not the observed; so inefficient. After all, we are all observing ourselves all the time. What if, instead, we went with “if you think something, share it.” Now that is a message that lives at the heart of our techno-social society. If we can be both the observer and the observed, we make surveillance so much easier. The information we freely share provides fantastic fodder for surveillance, and the culture of constant sharing makes non-sharing nearly suspicious enough to be probable cause … nearly.

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