46 minutes | Aug 3rd 2020

Societies Online: Privacy & Power (with Alice E. Marwick)

In this two-part inquiry into what the internet is doing to societies, two leading scholars who study online media take a critical look at both the affordances and dangers of large platforms like Facebook, Google, and Reddit. In this episode, Alice Marwick breaks down what actually happens when companies collect and sell the data that users feed them, why it often feels as though smartphones are listening to us (even though they probably aren’t), and what we need to know about how privacy violations impact marginalized communities.


Guest: Alice E. Marwick is an associate professor of communication and the principle researcher at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, which she cofounded, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age (Yale University Press, 2013).


Visit www.publicbooks.org/podcast for more information about our guests, the texts and scholars mentioned in this episode, and a list of further reading on the topic, curated by our guests.

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