The Peep Diaries
How We're Learning to Love
Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors
By Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights, 296 pages, $18
IS the Internet turning North Americans into exhibitionists and voyeurs?
That's the question one of Canada's leading alt-culture gurus, Hal Niedzviecki, asks in this insightful work of popular sociology.
His main theme is that we're becoming less inhibited and more prone to trading our private lives for attention, catharsis, convenience or money.
Toronto-based Niedzviecki, who will be at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival in Sepember, is well-positioned to comment upon our particular zeitgeist, where individualism is colliding with a "need-to-know" attitude.
He is a recognized social critic and mainstream media gadfly, founder of Broken Pencil magazine, and a prominent blogger whose quick wit and terse commentary have earned him praise and scorn alike.