The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors
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The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors

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“Take a peek at The Peep Diaries, an erudite (but not too erudite) look at the culture that Facebook, Twitter, et al. have spawned.”—Real Simple

“It’s a great read; it mixes frank interviews with people pushing the boundaries of voyeurism and exhibitionism, alongside a bracing critique of the social context that got us into peep culture and the forces that now exploit our p...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by City Lights Publishers (first published 2009)
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Far too many books about current societal trends highlight a few attention-grabbing anecdotes, make some rather superficial comments, and don't get much farther than that. This book does relate a number of anecdotes, but the balance is better, and the discussion is more thoughtful and thorough than it is in many similar books. The author develops some pretty interesting ideas, such as observing and analyzing the many different ways the Internet world is commercialized and prompts people (or comp...more
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"'Blog posts, images, videos, tweets, dating profiles and friend updates', [Niedzviecki:] says, are creating a culture without privacy, a culture of 'wanting to know everything about everyone and, in turn, wanting to make sure that everyone knows everything about us. [He:] argues that the handful of people who walk about with digital cameras on their heads, so that they can put every part of every day online, and the people who beg to be contestants on reality TV shows, are simply extremes of th...more
First the positives.

I really liked the author's tone throughout the book, he made me feel like he was talking directly to me. He's also clearly passionate about the subject of this book which made it easy and exciting to read. Going into this book, I thought it was solely about Internet - namely, Facebook and other social networks and so on.

But I was pleased to see that it involved all of Peep culture, everything from crime shows (is it irony I sat down with this book for the first time while...more
peeping is a form of communication. We, human, want to communicate so bad that there are actually no taboo in the modern days: people perform for either money or fame, or simply wanted to be care..We peep others, and we wanted to be peeped, so we want to get noticed, and to be cared...various senzationalistic shows about reality, Truman Show like exposing the ugly truth of human interraction and conflicts can be seen in Northern American continents..people love these shows, so they want to disco...more
Erkan Saka
I would most be excited if the emphasis was on "surveillance". That seems to be a better fit umbrella term to cover the issues the author discusses. In most of examples, i felt like there are contradictory or heterogeneous issues but the authors pushes hard to maintain its claim.
Finally, the last section in which he talks about the party he organized and only one showed up, weakens most of his arguments. 30 something followers in Twitter or 700 something Facebook friends do not mean he is an en...more
Aug 09, 2009 Swiftyjess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are connected via facebook, twitter, myspace, blogger
The subject matter is interesting. Why DO we blog about ourselves or read blogs about others? What is the obsession with twitter, facebook, myspace, and other social "networking" sites?
Niedzviecki tries to shine some light on our societies desire to peep into others lives. The problem is the book lacks fluidity. The author is obviously passionate about the subject matter which comes through in the his writing, but it seemed disjointed at times.
Still, I found it thought-provoking. I'm not sure I...more
A look into culture through internet, reality tv, and surveillance. Interesting!
Feb 26, 2010 Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
In this book, Hal examines "peep culture." This is the rise of things like reality tv, blogging, surveillance and Facebook. It's an interesting look at way we have become a culture that lets everything hang out, partially due to our increased isolation and need for connection. He doesn't really come to a conclusion about why this is happening, but the results of his search are interesting and illuminating.

My dad thinks Twitter is going to go away; I think he should read this book to understand w...more
Jessica Oban
Dec 31, 2009 Jessica Oban rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in communications and online society
Shelves: non-fiction
Meh. It made me feel bad as an internet user. Because I read blogs and participate in online communities, I felt that I had no real social life (which is true....). I sure that this was not the intent of the author, to make anybody feel bad about their online habbits, but I did. yet everything he said was true. We feel braver and more outgoing online than in person. We have that anonymity via the internet, it deffinatly made me think. Very thought provoking. Very interesting. I just personally d...more
Milenyum çağında dikizleme günlüğünün ne kadar popüler olduğunu ve başta hobi olarak yapılan şeylerin zamanla yerini bağımlılığa bıraktığını,sonucunda prensip denilen kurallarda sıyrılıp dikizleme dünyasının istediği herşeyi yapan bir durumuna düşmeyi anlatıyor.

"arkadaşlarını Google'da aramanın merak duygusunu tatmin eden bir tür eğlence olduğunu belirtiyor öncelikle.Ayrıca,böyle yaparak internette zaman öldürdüklerini itiraf ediyorlar"
"Dikizleme kültürü" bize kurmacanın gerçekle boy ölçüşemeyec...more
Jul 23, 2011 Jon added it
Neither an anti-digital Luddite crusader nor a gee-whiz technophiliac cheerleader, Hal Niedzviecki offers an even-handed look at computer culture in this book. (Maybe it helps that he's Canadian.) I especially liked his discussion of reality TV shows and the general weirdness surrounding them. Niedzviecki himself applied to be on one of these shows but was rejected, essentially for being too normal. When you hire emotionally unstable show-offs to engage in dangerous acts for the camera, you get...more
"Since we're hardwired to be in near constant social contact with each other, we instinctively seek connection, despite the fact that our culture encourages us to stay safely alone in our mansions, suburban bungalows, or subsidized apartments. We Peep ourselves because we still long for that lost, preindustrial world of constant contact, the way we once knew each other through lengthy, instinctual sessions of grooming that let us connect to each other without a business card, a sales pitch, or a...more
The subject of this book is interesting. It made me think a lot about how technology (blogs, email, texts, facebook, etc.) is changing how we interact and socialize with each other. I read this book for a bookclub, and then was too sick to go to the meeting. I do think it would be a fun book to discuss though because everyone "peeps."
I bought this book from Amazon because they didn't have it in the library, if anyone is interested in reading it let me know and I will send it to you!
H Wesselius
Good but could have been more interesting. His argument is not controversial -- celebrity, 15 minutes of fame, reality tv, voyeurism, social networking etc are all symptoms of a society seeking to connect and reestablish the village of our ancestors all the while hiding behind the veil of privacy desperately seeking to alleviate our loneliness which is our fate in the modern urban world. In the end he's not sure if its a problem or not.
This book was a truly fascinating look at how connected we all are now (connected to our computers, to twitter, to email, to blogs...and on and on and on)...and how disconnected it's making us from the rest of the world. It made me feel a little uncomfortable to read, knowing how much I rely on the internet as a connection to the outside world. I highly recommend this book if you're into online's fascinating.
A fascinating look at why reality television, social networking, and surveillance are so widely used and often enjoyed. It made me seriously rethink the information I have made available online, as well as privacy and community in today's technology-rich environment. The author adds just enough personal examples, and he doesn't take himself too seriously.
I thought the author did a good job of describing peep culture but did not do enough to analyze and then take a stand on whether he thought all of this technology such as facebook, twitter and reality tv are helping us. My favorite quote, from the founders of twitter, "it's connection with very low expectation."
Anita Dalton
An interesting book that raises no new issues, really, but was still worth reading. I'm lucky in that I find Facebook so annoying. And since Goodreads doesn't even come up in Niedzviecki's analysis of "Peep Culture" I feel reasonably good about leaving this useless review of his book.
Mike McDevitt
A NON-Fiction book I couldn't put down is a rarity for me. This felt really relevant, although I hoped for a more definitive conclusion. I certainly feel a little more informed on the culture of voyeurism. Now, back to fluff and porn!
Jeremy Hawthorn
Lots of useful information about the surveillance industries here, presented in a generally readable manner. Could have been better proof-read (e.g. "There are eight million stores in the Naked City").
Fascinating commentary on online behavior ranges from the amusingly tawdry to the downright creepy. In later chapters, the authors speculates about the erosion of privacy and the implications thereof.
quick, interesting read. balancing privacy with our desire to share in an increasingly closed off society where we bowl, live and work alone will be one of the defining trends for our generation.
Peter Darbyshire

We're all following you online. And we don't care about you.

(I wish I'd read this before writing The Warhol Gang. The real world is always stranger than anything I can imagine.)
I like this guy's sense of humor and how he makes clear with good examples what his main points are. He seemed to be pretty honest about his own experiences which was cool.
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interesting book. read it pretty fast to skim for the interesting bits. liked the actual real people stories. (the examples)..
Sep 18, 2010 beentsy marked it as to-read
Going to officially admit that my reading this book is stalled. Back on the 'to read' list.
Jen Slipakoff
Interesting topic but messily arranged, and also a bit redundant.
Interesting. Makes you afraid of Big Brother even more!
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Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges
preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. Hal works in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. He is the author
of books including, in fiction, the novel Ditch, and his latest novel The Program. In nonfiction, his most recent work is The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning To Love Watching...more
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