The American Sociologist

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 608–624 | Cite as

A Satirical (?) Book Review of Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology by its Author

  • Gary T. MarxEmail author

Surveillance is neither good nor bad but context and comportment make it so (at least most of the time). G.T. Marx.

O poor Aristotle! Thou who has discovered for the heretics the art of dialectics, the art of building up and destroying, the art of discussing all things and accomplishing nothing! D.T. Suzuki.

In 2017 I published Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology.It illustrates the profound and sometimes harrowing ways in which the new surveillance has penetrated and saturated institutional, organizational, social and personal lives –whether involving governments, merchants, employers, families, hackers or the merely curious. The book summarizes and expands on work over many decades dealing with issues of surveillance and social control. It is based on interviews, observation and the social science literature in the U.S., Europe and Asia, but also contains five satirical narratives that seek to convey the lived experience of being watched and...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor Emeritus MITCambridgeUSA

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