In this article, she shares her points of view on what she refers to as "our exceedingly confessional society", Webster Dictionary's 2008 word of the year: overshare, as well as some of the negative outcomes that can arise from publicizing details of our daily life. She also conducts an interview with Niedzviecki, the author of the book shown below, Peep Culture. I have included the parts of the interview that I found the most interesting below; the article in its entirety can be found here:
How did you come up with the term "peep"? There’s the "peep show," of course, but what do you mean exactly when you use the term “peep” alone? Was it something that had previously been used elsewhere, or did you coin it? Is it a noun, a verb, an adjective?
But paradoxically, we also have the whole issue of fame and celebrity, which confuses things. At the same time as we are finding that we're getting the kind of communal stroking — the cyber-grooming — that we long for, we also start to think, hmmm, maybe I'm a celebrity now. That desire to have relationships with people in which they know a lot about you and you don't have to know anything about them, which is sort of the quintessential celebrity relationship — that creeps in, and it skews things quite a bit.
I find Niedzviecki's point about us shifting from us once watching staged performances by entertainers to now being entertained by the daily details of each other's life, so true! Before reality T.V., I remember watching my favorite artists sing/dance on MTV, beauty pageant contestants compete on Miss America, and comedians perform crazy skits on Saturday Night Live. Even though those shows are still on, I rarely watch any of them as I'm more drawn to watching reality shows. There is something compelling about being invited to some one's real life, and as Niedzviecki points out in his answer to the last question, we are after all communal creatures who require at least a small amount of daily human interaction. Even though I too consider myself private by nature, I agree with this statement.
I am interested to hear your thoughts on this subject of communal recognition and socialization, and what type of community (urban or small town) you like living in, and why.