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Sociology

Teaching resources & approaches

Surveillance Capitalism

Sarah Best

12th February 2020

In this short video from The Financial Times, the theme of surveillance capitalism is discussed.

Unlike the past where governments and media companies operated with a top-down model in their exertion of power and control, technology companies such as Google and Facebook operate from the bottom-up, where advertising can be designed for us individually through location services for example.

This video and a wider discussion could be used in The Media unit (new media) and Theory and Methods/Crime and Deviance (Foucault and the panopticon).

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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