The Peep Diaries

The Peep Diaries

How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors

Paperback - 2009
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We have entered the age of "peep culture": a tell-all, show-all, know-all digital phenomenon that is dramatically altering notions of privacy, individuality, security, and even humanity. Peep culture is reality TV, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, over-the-counter spy gear, blogs, chat rooms, amateur porn, surveillance technology, and more. Core values and rights we once took for granted are rapidly being renegotiated, often without our even noticing.--From publisher description.
Published: San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780872864993
Branch Call Number: 302.24 NIE
Characteristics: 296 p. ;,22 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

Why are we fascinated with reality television? What draws people into participating in an online world? Author Hal Niedzviecki explores the fascination we have with celebrity, the Internet and spying on our neighbours. By turns salacious and saddening, this book is an excellent peek into contemporary culture.

debwalker Feb 21, 2011

How does technology change the way people relate to one another? Niedzviecki "argues pop culture has morphed into peep culture, where voyeurism becomes an entertainment in which we watch ourselves or strangers in unscripted moments. Or days. Through this, he says, ordinary people cecome objects of entertainment, not of empathy."
Leslie Scrivener
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Jan 18, 2011

Very interesting survey of the ways people are becoming more private/public online and enjoying the voyeurism that accompanies that. Websites that help people connect, even if anonymously. Companies that cater to home spying equipment. People who get thrills when their photos are rated by other people.

quagga Dec 15, 2009

Hal Niedzviecki writes with humour and insight about technology's effect on us all. How do we achieve the sense of connection and community that we seek in peep culture, without being consumed, reduced and debased? Humans are social animals and so it isn't surprising that we can so easily find ourselves addicted to watching or reading strangers' lives. Niedzviecki's conclusion is that there is a benefit in not knowing. "So much of the mystery of life, so much of its inherent, unquantifiable worth, comes from that which remains a mystery."


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