How Peep Culture Hacked Your Reputation & Brain
In his book 'The Peep Diaries' & doc 'Peep Culture,' Hal Niedzviecki notes our willingness to bare everything for entertainment, profit & reputation. Even if we don't aspire to fame, with every status update, video upload & burrito-Instagram, we expect to be witnessed. We marvel at the higher speeds & access to information; congratulate ourselves about using the same digital platforms as those powering recent revolutions, but we've drifted into consumption, broadcasting & 'curation' of increasingly meaningless content. We will debate Hal's idea - a peep culture centered on chasing maximum rewards for exposing private lives - with a demographic twist: Meghan Warby (aged 31) is a cautious digital native unsure about transparency; Boyd Neil (aged 63) is comfortable with digital ‘nakedness’ as a necessity of digital democracy; & Niedzviecki (aged 41) who grew up with one of the first PCs but has become increasingly skeptical of the way we're turning domestic life into public product.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What is the history/origin of our culture of voyeurism and entertainment?
- What does a 'peep culture' broadcaster risk in terms of self-esteem, health & perspective?
- How can we better understand our fascination with 'peep culture' & moderate our intake of content?
- How can broadcasting our lives, when done right, improve our connectivity to others & understanding of ourselves?
- What are the key considerations for privacy, respect for others & safety in peep culture?
- Meghan Warby, Community Manager, Cabinet Office, Province of Ontario
- Boyd Neil, National Practice Leader, Social Media and Digital Communications, H+K Strategies
- Hal Niedzviecki, Author & Cultural Critic, Broken Pencil & City Lights (Publisher)
Meghan Warby, Community Manager, Cabinet Office, Province of Ontario
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