"Take a peek at The Peep Diaries, an erudite (but not too erudite)
look at the culture that Facebook, Twitter, et al. have
"It's a great read; it mixes frank interviews with people
pushing the boundaries of voyeurism and exhibitionism, alongside a
bracing critique of the social context that got us into peep
culture and the forces that now exploit our participation in
it."--"The Globe and Mail"
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, "Dr. Phil," "Borat," cell phone photos of
your drunk friend making out with her ex-boyfriend, and more. In
the age of peep, core values and rights we once took for granted
are rapidly being renegotiated, often without our even
With hilarious, exasperated acuity, social critic Hal
Niedzviecki dives into peep, starting his own video blog, joining
every social network that will have him, monitoring the movements
of his toddler, selling his secrets on Craigslist, hiring a private
detective to investigate him, spying on his neighbors, trying out
for reality TV shows, and stripping for the pleasure of a web
audience he isn't even sure exists. Part travelogue, part diary,
part meditation and social history, "The Peep Diaries" explores a
rapidly emerging digital phenomenon that is radically changing not
just the entertainment landscape, but also the firmaments of our
culture and society.
"The Peep Diaries" introduces the arrival of the age of peep
culture and explores its implications for entertainment, society,
sex, politics, and everyday life. Mixing first-rate reporting with
sociological observations culled from the latest research, this
book captures the shift from pop to peep and the way technology is
turning gossip into documentary and Peeping Toms into entertainment
journalists. Packed with stranger-than-fiction true-life characters
and scenarios, "The Peep Diaries" reflects the aspirations and
confusions of the growing number of people willing to trade the
details of their private lives for catharsis, attention, and
Hal Niedzviecki is the editor of "Broken Pencil" magazine and
has published numerous works of social commentary and fiction,
including "Hello I'm Special: How Individuality Became the New
City Lights Books
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