Against the Grain

Fund Drive Special: Smartphones and the Frontiers of Surveillance

Smartphones have rapidly become a necessity in the U.S., including for the working poor. During Covid, we’re using them more than ever to work — if we’re lucky enough to still have work — or to stay in touch with each other. Sociologist Nicole Aschoff argues that much of the discourse about our personal use of phones misses the centrality of capitalism. She also discusses smartphone surveillance during the coronavirus.


Nicole Aschoff, The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age Beacon Press, 2020


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