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December 10, 2009
Are We Not Peep?

December 10, 2009
At Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street, 7:00pm
Tickets: $8 at the door

Cover image for The Peep Diaries

Are We Not Peep?: an examination of the new transparency
With: author Hal Niedzviecki, Professor Alison Hearn and web developer, Glenn Eve

Do you blog? Have a Facebook account? Tweet much?

From social networking to reality TV we live and engage in a whole new world of personal disclosure.

Hal Neidzviecki, author of "The Peep Diaries," has immersed himself in this culture and he will be presenting his findings for the Cooked and Eaten at Artspace on Thurday, December 10th at 7pm.

Says Hal, "We have entered the age of "peep culture": a tell-all, show-all, know-all digital phenomenon that is dramatically altering notions of privacy, individuality, security, and even humanity. Peep culture is reality TV, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, over-the-counter spy gear, blogs, chat rooms, amateur porn, surveillance technology, Dr. Phil, Borat, cell phone photos of your drunk friend making out with her ex-boyfriend, and more. In the age of peep, core values and rights we once took for granted are rapidly being renegotiated, often without our even noticing."

Hal will be giving a multimedia presentation about the book which will be followed by what I expect to be a lively panel discussion including Hal, Professor Alison Hearn and web developer, Glenn Eve. Questions will centre around how this new culture is changing our world.

Hal Niedzviecki Hal Niedzviecki's writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals across North America including The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Adbusters, the Utne Reader, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, and Geist. He is the author of many books including most recently The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors.
Alison Hearn Alison Hearn is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, focusing on visual culture, consumer culture, reality television, new media, self-production, and on the university as a cultural and political site. She is currently working on a book about reality television entitled Real Incorporated: Explorations in reality television and contemporary visual culture.
Glenn Eve Glenn EveGlenn Eve has spent the last 30 years designing software applications for national and multinational organizations. He has also spent way too much time pulling projects back from the flaming abyss. His new venture, purpledog Digital, creates web based interactive story telling tools for small businesses who simply need to get the job done.
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