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, their private facts, their secrets, and their 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.
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Clay Calvert is an assistant professor of communications and law and co-director of the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment at Pennsylvania State University. He has published over twenty law journal articles in the past four years on First Amendment issues affecting the media, journalism, and advertising. He has a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific and a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.From Booklist:
Calvert examines the history and modern social forces behind the cultural phenomenon that he calls "mediated voyeurism." He focuses on popular daytime, tell-all television programs (Jerry Springer), real-time law enforcement programs (Cops), news programs (20/20), and recent hits (Survivor and Big Brother). Although many such programs seem "dumbed down," Calvert contrasts these programs' shared communal experiences with the disengagement of viewing without participating. He notes the confluence of technological, social, legal, and political factors that drive this mediated voyeurism, supported by traditional first amendment arguments even as the privacy of unwilling participants is invaded. Calvert analyzes how first amendment and democratic principles have shifted to significantly boosting the profit lines of media conglomerates with little concern for the common good. The press as a watchdog has lost its bite through alliances that overbalance "news" interests at the expense of law enforcement issues. This is an important analysis of American low cultural forces that has more than trivial significance. Vernon Ford
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Descripción Basic Books, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0813366275
Descripción Basic Books, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110813366275
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