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- DescriptionFrom 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, private facts, secrets, and 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 phemena, today a confluence of factors-legal, social, political, and techlogical-pushes voyeurism to the forefront of our image-based world.The First Amendment increasingly is called on to safeguard our right, via new techlogies 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.
- Author BiographyClay Calvert is an assistant professor of communications and law and co-director of the Pennsylvania centre 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.
- Author(s)Clay Calvert
- PublisherThe Perseus Books Group
- Date of Publication19/03/2004
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationBoulder, CO
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWestview Press Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight331 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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