As seen in The Naked Crowd (2004), Jeffrey Rosen explains how in modern America, intimacy is obtained through self-revelation. In essence, individuals prove their trustworthiness by revealing personal details. This loss of personal privacy leads to anxiety, as the Internet makes private / public boundaries difficult to maintain.
Why is it that American anxiety about identity has led many to value exposure over privacy? Do we see the a similar sentiment in Singapore? Why are people so eager to become members of the Naked Crowd, in which we have the illusion of belonging only when we are exposed?
An example occurs in how every time you sign up for a new service, online or offline, you are trading / forsaking your privacy for other benefits, e.g. free email accounts. Perhaps it is because we voluntarily lose our privacy, while the counterpoint seems more worrisome, that is the involuntary loss of privacy. The ease of camera phones gives everyone the ability to be cultural vigilantes, capturing and sharing parts of their world which they deem important for society. Where do these people fit in the scope of privacy?
Here’s the Question of the Week (QotW):
- After reading The Naked Crowd (2004) by Jeffrey Rosen, use key concepts in the reading to explain how you negotiate your privacy online or offline, by giving a case study of your affiliation with a particular service (e.g. social network, blogs Youtube, school, business, etc).
- Cite facts from The Naked Crowd, including at least two additional sources from this week’s readings or from external peer-reviewed sources.
- Make a concise argument in 500 words or more (proper written English), supported with at least three APA-style citations.
- Start the title of your blog post as “QotW6: _____”
- Drop a comment here with a permalink to your blog post.
10th March, Saturday, 5pm
(Warning: Late work will not be graded)
• The Naked Crowd by Jeffrey Rosen (July 2004)
• Privacy under attack, but does anybody care? by Bob Sullivan (Oct 2006)
• Sousveillance : The recording of an activity from the perspective of a participant in the activity
• International Privacy Map by Privacy International
• “The Youtube War” by Jon Meyersohn for ABC News 20/20 (2006)
• Sousveillance in China by Virtual China (Professional vs. Citizen Journalism)
• “Panveillance” interpreted by Prof. Alex Halavais (Mar 2007)
• “Mobile Phones with Videos – and Singaporeans” blogged by Phillip Tiongson (Dec, 2006)
• Vanity on the rise among college students by Associated Press (Feb 2007)
Really Optional Reading
• Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, by Reporters without Borders (2006)