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Market-driven voice profiling: a framework for understanding

Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 and Turow, Joseph (2022) Market-driven voice profiling: a framework for understanding. Advertising & Society Quarterly, 23 (3). ISSN 1534-7311

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Identification Number: 10.1353/asr.2022.0024


This article creates a framework for understanding the philosophical and social implications of an emerging marketing driven business that “robs” people of autonomy over their voice. The focus is on the “voice intelligence industry” whose goal is to analyze people’s voices to draw conclusions about their emotions and personalities and, long-term, and to use biometric features that leak from voice as the basis for target marketing and influence. These new practices, in effect, turn voice against itself by inferring from a person’s sounds and syntax feelings, ideas, or beliefs that have not actually been expressed, and which that person might not want to acknowledge. We use the concepts of quaternary relationships, seductive surveillance, and habituation to explain how this new industry’s influence and power emerged and, on that basis, argue that its outcome is to disrupt the very basis on which voice might be valued in social and democratic life.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Advertising Educational Foundation, Inc.
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Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 09:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:45

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