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The rise of peep culture

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  • 1. The Rise of Peep Culture Broadcasting the intimate details of one's life has become mainstream
  • 2. Becoming quite addicted to being watched
    • We derive more and more of our entertainment from watching ourselves and others go about our lives.
    • We’re going to enter a point where we become quite addicted to being watched.
    • — writer Hal Niedzviecki,
    • in the Ottawa Citizen, 31 January 2009
  • 3. Hal Niedzviecki
    • Born: January 9, 1971 in Brockville, Ontario.
    • Canadian novelist and cultural critic.
  • 4.
    • CCTV cameras are just one of their tools.
    • Others include radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, GPS location trackers, website cookies, facial recognition software and store loyalty cards.
    • Computer programs used by security services can monitor and analyse billions of phone calls and e-mails in real time.
  • 5. Peep Culture
    • Mr. Niedzviecki believes
    • many people welcome surveillance
    • because
    • the collapse of community
    • has left them
    • feeling disconnected and alone.
    • Surveillance
    • is part of the shift from pop culture
    • to what he calls peep culture .
  • 6. Glen Fuller
    • There is ethical challenge here, of having to be worthy of one's own life and the events that constitute it. It means that if you do want to share, then you'd better live in a way that is worthy of sharing.
    • I believe this is what Cathie meant by everyone living in glass houses.
    • This is not about living an exciting or hedonistic existence, but of living a reflective and satisfying one.
    • Therefore, if there is a trend toward so-called ' peep culture ', then it is not about the tabloidisation of everyday life into bite-sized titilation [sic] of 140char or less, but a far more ethical mode of existence.
    • — Glen Fuller, "Ethics of Sharing, Adulthood and Online Culture," Event Mechanics , September 30, 2009 http://eventmechanics.net.au/?m=200909
  • 7. Camgirl Phenomena Wikipedia
    • Camgirl or Cam-girl is an Internet term for women who are featured on webcams. A portmanteau of "camera" and "girl", the word is used for women who operate their own webcams, such as Jennifer Ringley and Ana Voog. The term is also used to describe women or girls who broadcast themselves via webcam without receiving any financial gain.One of the original and most popular cam-girl sites was JenniCam.com The corresponding masculine term is camboy.
    • Some camgirls (often called camwhores) offer nude photographs or videos of themselves in exchange for gifts or money. They may also earn money by advertising pornographic websites or earn commission by convincing customers to join adult paysites. Commissions earned by camgirls vary widely by paysite, but are typically in the form of a flat fee, otherwise known as a "bounty", or based on a percentage of gross sales for every customer who signs up to a site.
  • 8. Jennifer Kaye Ringley
    • Born August 10, 1976
    • Internet personality and former lifecaster. She is known for creating the popular website JenniCam.
    • Previously, live webcams transmitted static shots from cameras aimed through windows or at coffee pots. Ringley's innovation was simply to allow others to view her daily activities.
  • 9. Ana Clara Voog
    • Birth name : Rachael Olson
    • Born: 18 April 1966
    • Musician, visual artist, and writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    • On August 22, 1997 Voog began anacam, the second webcam (after JenniCam) that broadcasts twenty-four hours a day live from a home.
  • 10. Susan Hopkins
    • According to Susan Hopkins, the author of the book Girl Heroes: The New Force in Popular Culture;
    • for some kids the constant surveillance of webcams affirms their identities—because they’re like, you know, sorta kinda on TV, and only celebrities and important people appear on TV.
    • It’s the same impulse that provides a never-ending cast of unembarrassed reality show participants.
    • It’s why TV crews never seem to have trouble finding a grief-stricken person to interview after a disaster.
    • The camgirls themselves talk about ”artistic expression” and ”empowerment,” and surely that’s true for some.
    • But for most of them the omnipresent eye of the webcam serves only to validate their existence: I cam, therefore I am.
  • 11. Girl Heroes: The New Force in Popular Culture
    • Susan Hopkins argues that the old feminism of blaming media and popular culture for encouraging girls to be submissive, non-competitive and nurturing is outdated.
    • The first chapter focuses on the marketing of girl power in music, how business has appropriated what was once non-mainstream in order to sell to girls. For example, the Spice Girls dole out harmless girl-power messages and slogans, borrowing powerful-girl images from popculture, yet remain feminine with an innocent sexuality.
    • The second chapter discusses how supermodels have been presented as successful (powerful) women through the use of their business savvy and intelligence, which they use to manipulate their sexuality and bodies to their advantage. They are presented as feminist and do not see the image presentation of ideal, artificial femininity as anti-feminist.
    • The third chapter discusses how the violence, aggression and moral code of the traditional male action ...
  • 12. Broadcasting to Blogging
    • Over the past few years, broadcasting the intimate details of one’s life has become mainstream.
    • Many of us are now blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, Flickring, and YouTubing at least some details of our lives.
      • Blogging is not only script blogging, but also:
        • Status Blogging: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr
        • Video Blogging: YouTube
      • Blogging is going to more personal and more interactive
        • Accommodate multi personality
        • Become hyperactive
  • 13. Lifestream
    • One form is the lifestream , an online record of a person’s daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the lifestreamer ’s online content, such as blog posts, social-network updates, and online photos.
    • If this lifestreaming is video only, and in particular if the person is using some form of portable camera to broadcast his activities over the Internet 24 hours a day (à la the camgirls), then it’s called lifecasting , and the stream itself is a lifecast .
  • 14. Mindcasting
    • The highbrow version of lifestreaming uses no video and is called mindcasting , the practice of posting messages that reflect one’s current thoughts, ideas, passions, observations, reading, and other intellectual interests.
    • This is not to be confused with an earlier form of mindcasting that used the term in the more literal sense of attaching a sensor device that broadcasts one’s brain waves.
    • Mindcasters are also called informers because they post information, as opposed to meformers , who post updates that deal mostly with their own activities and feelings. (Just to keep us all confused, some folks also call this lifecasting.)
  • 15. XCASTING
    • Other examples of -casting include;
    • egocasting , reading, watching, and listening only to media that reflect one’s own tastes or opinions;
    • Godcasting , posting an audio feed with a religious message;
    • slivercasting , delivering video programming aimed at an extremely small audience;
    • screencasting , showing a video feed that consists of a sequence of actions on a computer screen; and, of course, the familiar term podcasting .
  • 16. Mass Phenomenon
    • We may be well on our way to becoming addicted to being watched, but who’s doing the watching?
    • If we’re all broadcasters now, it’s entirely possible that we’re beaming our streams, tweets, photos, and status updates to hundreds of ”friends” and thousands of ”followers” who are too busy broadcasting their own lives to tune in.
    • Peep culture may be the new pop culture, but is this really a two-way mass phenomenon?
    • Maybe most of us have an audience of one: ourselves.
  • 17. Slowly but Surely
    • Peep is slowly but surely becoming the new pop. The more we seek to entertain each other by sharing the details of our lives, the less privacy enters into the equation.
    • That doesn't mean that privacy doesn't matter. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't be concerned with what third parties, whether corporate, governmental or individual, are doing with our personal information. (Though at times the concerns frantically raised by the rapacious media seem wildly overblown.)
  • 18. Closing
    • What the rise of peep culture means is that despite the warnings and the demonstrably negative consequences, we will continue to peep.
    • We will continue to seek attention, friendship, community, notoriety, fame and even financial reward by posting our everyday details online.
    • All our lives, we've been bombarded with the fantasy of becoming celebrities.
    • And now we are living the dream.
    • For so many us, the dream seems to have come true. So why do they keep trying to wake us up into this nightmare?
  • 19. Thank you for staying with the presentation A. H. G.

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