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Ghostbuster zines from the Canzine Hollywood Piracy Zine Challenge are now online! http://t.co/RoAMEQTU

Interview in Globe and and Live Chat on Globe site Tomorrow  

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Here’s an interview with me in the Globe and Mail, mostly talking about the making of the documentary “Peep Culture”. I talk Peep, family, the future…anyway, check it out.

Hal Niedzviecki gets deep into the peep culture - The Globe and Mail_1297781843000

Also tomorrow (Wed Feb 16 at 11am) I’ll be doing a live chat with Globe and Mail tv critic Andrew Ryan if anybody wants to drop by and ask questions. The live chat will be happening here.

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First Screening of Peep Culture: The Documentary  

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Peep Culture: The Documentary is done!

It will have its Canadian premiere across the land on CBC News Network 10pm (est) February 16th as part of the CBC’s Passionate Eye documentary series. 

Check out the official trailer on the main page!

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Full Body Scanners and Confessional Culture  

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Really interesting piece in the Washington Post about Full Body Scanners, confessional culture, privacy and the decisions we make. I’m quoted as well, in the course of connecting our decision to go through a full body scanner or not to the rise of Peep Culture.

From the article:

More broadly, we have made peace with our confessional culture. If we are outwardly ambivalent that moments of deep personal anguish and light mundanity are processed into entertainment without much distinction on reality TV and YouTube, we nevertheless eagerly consume it all. We vote with links clicked and cookies accepted.

Even surveillance itself becomes titillation. As Hal Niedzviecki, a cultural commentator in Toronto and author of “The Peep Diaries,” points out, the evening news features surveillance camera footage of bungled convenience store robberies. Dash-cam arrest videos show up online. Niedzviecki calls the current state of things “peep culture.”

“Peep culture conditions us to want to use our privacy to achieve things,” says Niedzviecki, who suggests this breeds a kind of passivity, a failure to ask questions. “It’s not, ‘Oh, no, no, you can’t ask me to give this up.’ It’s, ‘Sure, you can have it, but what am I getting back?’”

In other words, we often feel we’re exercising control over what we give up. And we tend to focus on what we think we’re getting: security, social mobility, convenience, the validation of fellow Twitterati.

So, yes, the vast majority of us will continue to go through the full-body scanners. We will do it most of all because we hope the new technology makes us safer, but also because we’re in a rush, because we don’t want to make a fuss, because we don’t want to find out just how “enhanced” a pat-down can be, because we don’t even know what a full-body scanner is. We will do it because we’ve been inured to giving up things when we go to the airport, and it stinks, sure, but this is the price of flying in a scary age. We will do it because thinkingly or unthinkingly we have concluded this is a good bargain.

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Peep Talk in Windsor, Ontario  

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Come on out if you are in the area!
Free event!
Tuesday, November 9
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: Green Bean Cafe
2320 Wyandotte St W.
Windsor, ON
Hal Niedzviecki brings the Peep to Windsor in a public presentation based on his critically acclaimed book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights Books).

About the Talk: Join Hal as he chronicles the shift from Pop Culture to Peep Culture. In this lively presentation, Hal will explore everything from streets lined with surveillance cameras and daycares equipped with webcams to citizens eager to track themselves. Behind all those cameras, cell phones and profiles are real people. Hal will introduce you to, among others, the digicam vigilante behind John.tv, the masterminds of Twitter, a Star Wars obsessed sex slave housewife blogger, and so much more!

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Facebook, Catfish and Peep  

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Some interesting thoughts in this piece with the main theme: “in the world of social media, nothing is real”.

Very refreshing to read something thoughtful that connects the various silo-ed categories media usually puts this stuff in. Which is to say that the writer, Denise Ryan, looks at a the doc-moc trend, and explores the way ‘networking’ is changing in the era of social media, and takes a snapshot of the big picture of Peep Culture. 

All that plus commentary from yours truly and a shout out to my upcoming talk at Canzine West!

Friends in the face of Facebook_1286712668152

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Hey, I’m Hal Niedzviecki. I’m a writer/thinker who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wife and daughter. Up till now I’ve always considered myself a private person. But at the same time I’m fascinated by people who effortlessly open themselves up to the whole world. So I’ve… more...



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