Christian Fuchs on Tue, 16 Feb 2010 03:28:20 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Google Buzz and the Surveilance Economy

Dear Greg,

I agree with you that it is important to take users' opinions and 
thereby hegemony into account, which can only be done by the way of 
conducting empirical research.

But I think it is also not that easy to assume that users accept that 
offer of Internet corporations as predominantly positive, because the 
discussions about Google Buzz, Google in general, Facebook privacy 
policies, etc show that a certain share of users tends to be rather 
critical towards Internet surveillance. So user attitudes most probably 
are antagonistic in this respect. Much more empirical research is needed 

Best, Christian

Greg Elmer schrieb:

> But it's so easy, no? Buzz is a tyranny of convenience, I think Colin
> Bennett coined that phrase. Surveillance regimes are powerful because they
> offer something to users. That "pay off" must play a greater role in
> surveillance studies. /Greg Elmer

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