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[PRIVACY is] a series of provocative juxtapositions and suggestive arguments. It encourages its readers to reframe how they think of privacy before it's too late. Read it to jolt your imagination into new territory, and to understand why the privacy that many of us sacrifice so readily ought to be held more dear. ... there's an abundance of nutritional thought in 'Privacy.' Keizer has a way of turning lazy notions inside out to exhibit their fallacies. (Laura Miller, Salon)
Keizer ably describes the disturbing and ever-diminishing expectations of privacy...and makes a cogent analysis of the threats to privacy that accompany smartphones and other digital devices. Keizer's commentary reaches deeply into the fabric of post 9/11 America and finds a landscape that has compromised the fundamental human need for privacy, and argues passionately for the value of privacy in a democratic society (Publishers Weekly)
Acclaimed essayist and Harper's contributor Keizer conducts a philosophical meditation on the nature of privacy and finds that the 'right to be let alone' is a lot more complex than many may think.... With unyielding analytical scrutiny, Keizer raises plenty of doubt about the primacy of so-called private lives.... The consequences of such revelations are vast, and readers will be left considering the implications long after the last page is turned. A provocative and unsettling look at something most take for granted--but shouldn't. (Kirkus Reviews)
[A] thoughtful examination of the concept of privacy... Though debates over privacy tend to be driven by technological developments-Facebook and the like-Keizer reminds us that our personal and cultural "privacy settings" or lack of them have political, environmental, and even spiritual valences that are ignored at the expense of democracy and social justice.... Keizer's cautionary wisdom is informed by a deeply felt humanism and presented with eloquence
Garret Keizer is the author of six books, mostly recently of The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise. He is a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine, a contributing writer to Mother Jones, and a recent Guggenheim Fellow.See all Editorial Reviews
only took 1 page for him to start making non sequiturs about rich and poor people. this is junk.
he poisoned his own well.
This book is sure to enlighten. Even if you've thought about the concept of privacy and how it may or may not apply to you, I would recommend this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Heather