AC Privacy The Peep Diaries Reviewed

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http://reason.com/archives/2009/10/01/enjoy-the-peepshow Enjoy the Peepshow Bill Flanigen  from the October 2009  issue  “We want to connect,” writes Hal Niedzviecki. “We’re willing to reveal  ourselves…if only that we might, for a moment or two, alleviate the loneliness we  feel all around us.” Niedzviecki’s new book, The Peep Diaries (City Lights), is a sympathetic profile of  the geniuses, eccentrics, and normal folks in what he calls the world of “Peep”— revelation via electronic interconnectivity on a previously unimaginable scale. The  desire to see and be seen isn’t new, but it is newly tech-powered. Through 
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Unformatted text preview: Facebook, Twitter, blogs, reality TV, and YouTube, were sharing more of our private lives and learning more about strangers than ever before. Niedzviecki avoids the doomsaying that plagues so much commentary about sociotechnological change. While he discusses Peeps troubling implications for privacy, surveillance, and criminal justice, he also recognizes that interconnectivity can be empowering, educational, and entertaining. Peeps potential to add value to our lives deserves such reflective appreciation. Help Reason celebrate its next 40 years. Donate Now!...
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