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I Listen: A Document of Digital Voyeurism 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the calls were funny, while others were a bit disturbing. What they do is show people as they are, no different than any of us.
The argument between Tracy and Richard is a good example; a broken relationship, with recriminations that many can identify with.
While the legality of picking off cell calls puts him in a gray area, it doesn't seem to have gotten the Wurm in trouble (yet). Not a great work of art by any stretch of the imagination, but a cautionary tale: be careful what you say on your cellphone!
The general gist of the conversations are: lovers' quarrels, people trying to pick each other up, people talking about sex, people insulting each other, and so on. There are one or two moments in the book that are good for a brief chuckle, but otherwise it's about as boring as Jerry Springer. Each conversation is accompanied by a brief commentary by the author- how he picked up the call, a story surrounding it, etc. I got the idea that the "true" humor was in the very situation, at the moment it was happening. It's just trite and obnoxious in book form.
Also, I found the typeface the book was written in to be VERY annoying. It's a "computer"-look font that made reading much more difficult than it should have been. It seemed the designer was trying to go for a "futuristic" or "cyber" look, but for the whole book to be displayed that way was just overkill. Not to mention the whole "this is the future, it's sooo scary" feeling the author was shooting for was completely laughable.
Conclusion: if you still consider daytime talk shows to be a great source of entertainment, or are into non-intellectual "futurist" manifesto, you might dig this book. But for myself, it was funny for the first 5 pages and then it got annoying.