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Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture / Edition 1
     

Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture / Edition 1

by Clay Calvert
 

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ISBN-10: 0813342368

ISBN-13: 9780813342368

Pub. Date: 04/14/2004

Publisher: Basic Books

From 24-hour-a-day "girl cam" sites on the World Wide Web to trash-talk television shows like "Jerry Springer" and reality television programs like "Cops," we've become a world of voyeurs. We like to watch others as their intimate moments, private facts, secrets, and dirty laundry are revealed. Voyeur Nation traces the evolution and forces driving what the author

Overview

From 24-hour-a-day "girl cam" sites on the World Wide Web to trash-talk television shows like "Jerry Springer" and reality television programs like "Cops," we've become a world of voyeurs. We like to watch others as their intimate moments, private facts, secrets, and dirty laundry are revealed. Voyeur Nation traces the evolution and forces driving what the author calls the 'voyeurism value.' Calvert argues that although spectatorship and sensationalism are far from new phenomena, today a confluence of factors-legal, social, political, and technological-pushes voyeurism to the forefront of our image-based world.The First Amendment increasingly is called on to safeguard our right, via new technologies and recording devices, to peer into the innermost details of others' lives without fear of legal repercussion. But Calvert argues that the voyeurism value contradicts the value of discourse in democracy and First Amendment theory, since voyeurism by its very nature involves merely watching without interacting or participating. It privileges watching and viewing media images over participating and interacting in democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813342368
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/14/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Peeping Tom Meets Jennifer Ringley19
2The Social Forces Driving Mediated Voyeurism55
3Priming the Economic and Political Pumps of Mediated Voyeurism91
4Don't Look Now, but Somebody's Watching You121
5Free Press, Free Voyeurs?133
6Check Your Camera at the Castle Door173
7Seeing Voyeurs in First Amendment Theory207
Conclusion239
Notes245
Index266

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