Trevor Paglen Is Terrified of PSYOP Capitalism—and You Should Be Too

“I believe that we’re moving away from surveillance capitalism and into PSYOP capitalism, where the media we consume will be increasingly not only targeted at us, but generated for us by AI systems. And being done in a way that’s intended to manipulate us.”
– American artist Trevor Paglen, on the dangers of next level extractivism. In talking about “Hide the Real, Show the False,” his upcoming solo exhibition at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Paglen parses next generation “psychological and deception operations” and why they terrify him.
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