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Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology

Gary T. Marx


Queen Elizabeth (1503-1633) did not want “to make windows into men’s hearts and secret thoughts.” Yet as ruler she needed information about her subjects. Today’s surveillance society brings the same paradox. This book illustrates how and why surveillance is neither good nor bad, but context and comportment make it so. Explanation and evaluation require a common language and a map for the identification and measurement of surveillance's fundamental properties and contexts. The empirical richness of watching and being watched is disentangled and parsed into basic categories and dimensions. Terms ... More

Keywords: surveillance society, surveillance contexts, new surveillance, surveillance ethics, technofallacies, surveillance paradox, watching, privacy, personal borders, being watched

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226285887
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226286075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary T. Marx, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (emeritus)

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