chapter  3
17 Pages

Visibility and surveillance in a hybrid media culture


It is often stated that, in today’s world, everything has become more open and transparent because of the new digital media. Technologies such as Web mapping, geotagging, smart phones, social networking media, and the like, have enabled states, corporations, groups, and even individuals to track events and people by coordinates of time, place, and vision, and hence have made the world more visible in a sense (Lyon, 2007). These changes are indeed signs of an emerging hybrid media culture, where more and more people are connected constantly to various media devices, Wi-Fi networks and cloud computing are increasingly accessible, and the previously assumed borders between offline and online worlds seem to dissolve.