Tim Wu is a Professor at Columbia Law School and a ­contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is the author of The Master Switch, The Attention Merchants, and The Curse of Bigness. (April 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

Bigger Brother

‘The Happy Way’ by Pushwagner; from Soft City, published by New York Review Comics in 2016

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

by Shoshana Zuboff
What we’re learning is that the symbiosis between capitalism and privacy was maybe just a phase, a four-hundred-year fad. For capitalism is an adaptive creature, a perfect chameleon; it has no disabling convictions but seeks only profit. If privacy pays, great, but if totalizing control pays more, then so be it.