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The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America
Every day, Americans make decisions about their privacy: what to share and when, how much to expose and to whom. Securing the boundary between one's private affairs and public identity has become a central task of citizenship. How did privacy come to loom so large in American life? Sarah Igo tracks this elusive social value across the twentieth century, as individuals ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published May 7th 2018 by Harvard University Press
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I had been thinking of this as "fun" reading but it also brought together so many histories relevant to my work as an archivist, researcher, and tech worker. (Also, person in the world and recent reader of memoir-ish essay collections.) The conclusion is packed, only emphasizing the rapidity of privacy developments in just the last 15 years.
Development of authenticity as a character trait in response to the dangerous and prevalent distraction of creating an inauthentic personality in duality with the social pressure to be one's self. It may be best to keep a private life and public, social life by limiting who gets to know these more intrinsic, fundamental and emotional aspects of a personality.
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