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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Two Spectacles


I’ve been pondering how the concept of spectacle fits in with surveillance. In particular, I’ve been bouncing around two different concepts of the spectacle, one by Michel Foucault and the other by Scott Bukatman. Here’s an execution spectacle in Michel Foucault’s Discipline & Punish: ‘Finally, he was quartered,’ recounts the Gazette d’Amsterdam of 1 April […]

Google Privacy Videos


I recently ran across a series of videos produced by Google to explain the data collection of its search engine. Ms. Oyhe, an attractive, professional, and terribly reassuring support engineer explains what sorts of data Google collects and, implicitly, why users should not be overly concerned about the data collection: To improve out search results […]