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Surveillance is a common feature of everyday life. But how are we to make sense of or understand what surveillance is, how we should feel about it, and what, if anything, can we do? Surveillance and Film is an engaging and accessible book that maps out important themes in how popular culture imagines surveillance by examining key feature films that prominently address the subject. Drawing on dozens of examples from around the world, J. Macgregor Wise analyzes films that focus on those who watch (like Rear Window, Peeping Tom, Disturbia, Gigante, and The Lives of Others), films that focus on those who are watched (like The Conversation, Caché, and Ed TV), films that feature surveillance societies (like 1984, THX 1138, V for Vendetta, The Handmaid's Tale, The Truman Show, and Minority Report), surveillance procedural films (from The Naked City, to Hong Kong's Eye in the Sky, The Infernal Affairs Trilogy, and the Overheard Trilogy of films), and films that interrogate the aesthetics of the surveillance image itself (like Sliver, Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries), Der Riese, and Look). Wise uses these films to describe key models of understanding surveillance (like Big Brother, Panopticism, or the Control Society) as well as to raise issues of voyeurism, trust, ethics, technology, visibility, identity, privacy, and control that are essential elements of today's culture of surveillance. The text features questions for further discussion as well as lists of additional films that engage these topics.

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"Wise claims this book is not a survey ofsurveillance film; he is right. This work is infinitely more useful. The examples chosen display a curatorial expertise that only comes fromyears of immersion in the subject. Wise combines close, textual readingof individual movies, thematic analysis, and historicalcontextualisation to create that most elusive of scholarly achievements: an eminently accessible yet original contribution. Teachers, students,and researchers will all find something of use in Wise's brilliantanalysis of the surveillant imaginary. Guiding the reader throughsurveillant subjectivities, aesthetics, politics, and structures offeeling, this book fully unpacks the meaning of surveillance films inthe contemporary conjuncture." -  Clare Birchall, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Culture, King's College London, UK

"This book is not (only) about a certain group offilms, but about the surveillance culture we live in: Its centralconcern is the taken-for-grantedness of the myriad technologies thatmonitor, record, and process the minutiae of our daily lives. Bydiscussing not only the classics of popular surveillance fiction (The Truman Show, Enemy of the State, and many more), but also lesser known, but not less intriguing examples of this genre, Wise provides us with important philosophical,historical, and sociological insights into how surveillance practicesand technology came to pervade our everyday lives. It is highly readable and balances detailed analysis of the films with the most currenttheoretical concepts in surveillance studies. This publication isrecommended to students and scholars of film and media studies as wellas the social sciences." -  Dietmar Kammerer, Research Associate, Institute for Media Studies, University of Margurg, Germany

"With enviable clarity and insight, Wisedemonstrates how film provides a rich set of cultural resources foraddressing one of the pressing questions of our time: how to think about the surveillance society we are building for ourselves. Drawing on awide range of films, he probes in original, productive, and sometimessurprising ways the relationship between desire, control, and themonitoring gaze. This book is a work of care -- Wise is a careful andgenerous interpreter -- but also one of concern about our increasinglymonitored moment." -  Mark Andrejevic, Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College, USA

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J. Macgregor Wise is a Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University, USA, where he writes and teaches about cultural studies of technology, globalization, and surveillance. He is the author of Exploring Technology and Social Space (1997) and Cultural Globalization: A User's Guide (2008) and co-author of Culture and Technology: A Primer (with Jennifer Daryl Slack; Second edition, 2015) as well as the second edition of MediaMaking (with Lawrence Grossberg, Ellen Wartella, and D. Charles Whitney, 2005). He is co-editor of New Visualities, New Technologies: The New Ecstasy of Communication (with Hille Koskela, 2013) and a former editor of the journal Communication and Critical Cultural Studies. He has been teaching about surveillance and popular culture since 2000.

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