The Costs of Connection: How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism

The Department of Media Studies and the Department of Communication are pleased to invite you to a talk by Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejias on their new book: The Costs of Connection: How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism.

Colonialism might seem like a thing of the past, but this book shows that the historic appropriation of land, bodies, and natural resources is mirrored today in this new era of pervasive datafication. Apps, platforms, and smart objects capture and translate our lives into data, and then extract information that is fed into capitalist enterprises and sold back to us. The authors argue that this development foreshadows the creation of a new social order emerging glovally -- and it must be challenged. Confrontin the alarming degree of surveillance already tolerated, they offer a stirring call to decolonize the internet and emancipate our desire for connection.

Thursday, February 27 at 5:30pm

Institute of Behavioral Science, 155A
1440 15th Street, Boulder, CO 80309