Rosen has two overriding concerns: how sexual-harassment law has underwritten invasions of privacy (it was Paula Jones's suit against Clinton, after all, that led to the Lewinsky revelations), and how the Internet threatens anonymity (he criticizes, for instance, Amazon.com's "creepy feature that uses ZIP codes and domain names to identify the most popular books purchased on-line by employees at prominent corporations"). Much of The Unwanted Gaze reads like a law review article--albeit one written with the storytelling touch of a professional reporter--and at times Rosen seems to aim mainly for an academic audience. Yet the book remains entirely open to lay readers, especially when Rosen delivers his impassioned apologies for privacy: "There are dangers to pathological lying, but there are also dangers to pathological truth-telling. Privacy is a form of opacity, and opacity has its values. We need more shades and more blinds and more virtual curtains. Someday, perhaps, we will look back with nostalgia on a society that still believed opacity was possible and was shocked to discover what happens when it is not." Rosen is a sharp thinker with a knack for conveying complex ideas through readable prose. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this looking for some insight into the increasingly popular privacy movement. I got what I was looking for, but it wasn't a GREAT book, just a good book.Published on July 25, 2002 by Zuggzugg
I bought this book expecting something more than opinion on database policy, and was never able to force myself to finish it. Read morePublished on October 8, 2001
Let me get my two main criticisms of Rosen's book out of the way first: 1) I am not a legal scholar (or a lawyer), and found the book to be a little too technical, even somewhat... Read morePublished on March 13, 2001 by L. Feld
Ever wonder why Monica Lewinski's private life could be held up to public scorn when she was never charged with a crime nor was even the target of a law suit? Read morePublished on December 17, 2000 by Writerwanabe
Jeffrey Rosen, author of THE UNWANTED GAZE (2000), went to Harvard College, Oxford U. (Balliol College.... Read morePublished on December 6, 2000 by David Roger Allen
The best thing about this book is that the author points out Vice President Al Gore called for an "electronic bill of rights" in 1997, showing yet again that Gore is in... Read morePublished on October 23, 2000
Jeff rosen has helped us join issue on a matter of vtal public concern to all Americans.
It is becoming increasingly clear that in our zeal to promote the marvels of the... Read more
I share Jeffrey Rosen's anger over the victimization of Lawrence Lessig. The Harvard University Law scholar's humorous and casual remarks about the software giant were... Read morePublished on July 4, 2000 by David Thomson
brilliantly argued, beautifully written, this book changed my life and the way i see the world. i never realized the relentless, often unobservable invasions of privacy all around... Read morePublished on July 4, 2000