Inauthentically Intense: Coveillance and Consumer Culture among Speedsurfers
Journal article, 2015

This article presents material from a small-scale ethnographic study of a community of windsurfers that use GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to monitor and share their performance online. Following recent debates within Surveillance Studies, these practices are categorised as a form of coveillance. The argument explores the subjectivity produced by the introduction of GPS technology and social media usage in the context of windsurfers. Suggesting that this form of coveillance is yielding a particular consumer culture among its members, the article explores how the GPS-social-media assemblage boosts the desire to consume.


Karl Palmås

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Surveillance & Society

1477-7487 (ISSN)

Vol. 13 3-4 487-496

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories



Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship



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