Privacy by Garret Keizer
(Big Ideas//Small Books)

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It would have been helpful if he had given more thought to just how we should go about standing up for privacy.
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American essayist and Harper's contributing editor Garret Keizer offers a brilliant, literate look at our strip-searched, over-shared, viral-videoed existence.

Body scans at the airport, candid pics on Facebook, a Twitter account for your stray thoughts, and a surveillance camera on every street corner -- today we have an audience for all of the extraordinary and banal events of our lives. The threshold between privacy and exposure becomes more permeable by the minute. But what happens to our private selves when we cannot escape scrutiny, and to our public personas when they pass from our control?

In this wide-ranging, penetrating addition to the Big Ideas//Small Books series, and in his own unmistakable voice, Garret Keizer considers the moral dimensions of privacy in relation to issues of social justice, economic inequality, and the increasing commoditization of the global marketplace. Though acutely aware of the digital threat to privacy rights, Keizer refuses to see privacy in purely technological terms or as an essentially legalistic value. Instead, he locates privacy in the human capacity for resistance and in the sustainable society "with liberty and justice for all."

 

About Garret Keizer

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Garret Keizer is the author of six books, mostly recently of The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise. He is a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine, a contributing writer to Mother Jones, and a recent Guggenheim Fellow.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Picador. 209 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Rosen on Sep 07 2012

...by alerting readers to the ways that violations of privacy can also violate economic equality, perhaps he will mobilize some of the activism that’s necessary for political change.

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Reviewed by Ronald Bailey on Aug 15 2012

It would have been helpful if he had given more thought to just how we should go about standing up for privacy.

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