Surveillance Capitalism

The discussion on On Point Radio today with Shoshana Zuboff was critical. It was a discussion around how corporations are harnessing the power of IoT (the internet of things) and uses that data to not only make money off of predicting our behavior but even further commodifies and reduces humanness to nothing other than data. Her book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is a great, informative, and important read.

What To Do About Our “Liquid Modernity”?

There was an interesting interview today on WBUR’s On Point in which Tom Ashbrook interviewed Rod Dreher, author of the new book, “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation“. In it, Dreher articulates something that I’ve heard kicked around in Muslim circles, namely what do we do about, what Zygmunt Bauman termed “liquid modernity”. Bauman felt this term was more articulate than postmodern in trying to describe the phenomenon of a constantly changing society, especially one driven by technology. The interview also showcases some competing ideas between Dreher and his fellow conservative Andrew Sullivan (author of “The Conservative Soul“). I look forward to reading and discussing Dreher’s book at Middle Ground as part of our book club, starting after Ramadan, God willing.