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We live in a surveillance society. Anyone who uses a credit card, cell phone, or even search engines to navigate the Web is being monitored and assessed - and often in ways that are imperceptible to us. The first general introduction to the growing field of surveillance studies, SuperVision uses examples drawn from everyday techlogies to show how surveillance is used, who is using it, and how it affects our world. Beginning with a look at the activities and techlogies that connect most people to the surveillance matrix, from Facebook to identification cards to GPS devices in our cars, John Gilliom and Torin Monahan invite readers to critically explore surveillance as it relates to issues of law, power, freedom, and inequality. Even if you avoid using credit cards and stay off Facebook, they show, going to work or school inevitably embeds you in surveillance relationships. Finally, they discuss the more obvious forms of surveillance, including the security systems used at airports and on city streets, which both epitomize contemporary surveillance and make impossibly grand promises of safety and security. Gilliom and Monahan are among the foremost experts on surveillance and society, and, with SuperVision , they offer an immensely accessible and engaging guide, giving readers the tools to understand and to question how deeply surveillance has been woven into the fabric of our everyday lives.
John Gilliom is professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio University. He is the author of Overseers of the Poor and Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law. Torin Monahan is associate professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt. University. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity.