Privacy And Its Invasion

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Overview

Privacy. We want lots of it for ourselves. We love to invade the privacy of others. We are willing to trade it for benefits of all kinds, including credit, social services, and friendship. Why is this? Where should we draw a line? How should we handle our ambivalence in an era in which privacy often appears to be under official attack? This book explores such questions by rooting into scarce literature to explain why privacy is such a strong need, reviewing a variety of methods for guarding privacy, and concluding that at one time America was a very fortunate place privacy-wise. McLean examines problem areas in which privacy invasions play, or have played, large roles. Rape and sexual offenses are analyzed; so, too, is news reporting that touches private matters and race relations.

Privacy and its Invasion also has a point to make: that privacy, despite its dark side, is an idea whose time has come, an ancient need that now requires explicit endorsement and protection as a value. A thought-provoking examination of something we have come to regard as a basic right, but a right under assault, this book is for all concerned with contemporary social and legal issues, civil liberties, and communications.

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Drawing in his background in communications law, McLean (journalism, Western Illinois U.) delves into the origins of privacy and its gradual erosion in the US by financial institutions, social services, the legal process, and news reporting. He argues that it is a primitive need now under assault, and needs to be reasserted and protected as a right. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953355
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/1995
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DECKLE McLEAN is Professor of Journalism at Western Illinois University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Difficulty of Privacy as an Idea 1
2 Background: Through the American Golden Age of Privacy 9
3 Background: Those Left Out of the Golden Age 31
4 Types of Privacy 47
5 The Pernicious Side of Privacy 61
6 What Privacy Provides 71
7 Sexual Assault 91
8 News-Reporting Ethics 109
9 Invasions of Privacy 121
10 Summary 129
Selected Bibliography 131
Index 135
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