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The Peep Diaries - How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (Electronic book text)
The Peep Diaries - How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (Electronic book text): Hal Niedzviecki
The Peep Diaries - How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (Electronic book text): Hal Niedzviecki

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Hal Niedzviecki

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"Take a peek at The Peep Diaries, an erudite (but not too erudite) look at the culture that Facebook, Twitter, et al. have spawned."--"Real Simple"

"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 noticing.

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 notoriety.

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 Conformity."

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Imprint: City Lights Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2009
Authors: Hal Niedzviecki
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 978-0-87286-522-8
Barcode: 9780872865228
Categories: Promotions
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LSN: 0-87286-522-3

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