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Interveillance: a new culture of recognition and mediatization

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Jansson, André

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Abstract The everyday uses of networked media technologies, especially social media, have revolutionized the classical model of top-down surveillance. This article sketches the contours of an emerging culture of interveillance where non-hierarchical and non-systematic monitoring practices are part of everyday life. It also introduces a critical perspective on how the industrial logics of dominant social media, through which interveillance practices are normalized, resonate with social forces already at play in individualized societies. The argument is developed in three steps. Firstly, it is argued that the concept of interveillance is needed, and must be distinguished from surveillance, in order to critically assess the everyday mutual sharing and disclosure of private information (of many different kinds). Secondly, it is argued that the culture of interveillance responds to the social deficit of recognition that characterizes highly individualized societies. Finally, it is argued that the culture of interveillance constitutes a defining instance and even represents a new stage of the meta-process of mediatization. The dialectical nature of interveillance integrates and reinforces the overarching ambiguities of mediatization, whereby the opportunities for individuals and groups to achieve growing freedom and autonomy are paralleled by limitations and dependences vis-à-vis media.
Keywords social media; media; technology; monitoring; everyday life; mediatization; identity; social recognition
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of the Science of Communication
Free Keywords interveillance
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 81-90
Journal Media and Communication, 3 (2015) 3
Issue topic Surveillance: critical analysis and current challenges (part II)
ISSN 2183-2439
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution