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Voyeur Nation : Media, Privacy, And Peering In Modern Culture - Clay Calvert

Voyeur Nation

Media, Privacy, And Peering In Modern Culture

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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.

"Calvert provides grist for the mill for both sides in the continuing policy debates, and usefully makes us think about an unsettling trend."

Introductionp. 1
Peeping Tom Meets Jennifer Ringleyp. 19
The Social Forces Driving Mediated Voyeurismp. 55
Priming the Economic and Political Pumps of Mediated Voyeurismp. 91
Don't Look Now, but Somebody's Watching Youp. 121
Free Press, Free Voyeurs?p. 133
Check Your Camera at the Castle Doorp. 173
Seeing Voyeurs in First Amendment Theoryp. 207
Conclusionp. 239
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780813342368
ISBN-10: 0813342368
Series: Critical Studies in Communication and in Cultural Industries
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1