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Privacy and the Media

Privacy and the Media

© 2017 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Questions of privacy are critical to the study of contemporary media and society. When we’re more and more connected to devices and to content, it’s increasingly important to understand how information about ourselves is being collected, transmitted, processed, and mediated.

Privacy and the Media equips students to do just that, providing a comprehensive overview of both the theory and reality of privacy and the media in the 21st Century. Offering a rich overview of this crucial and topical relationship, author Andrew McStay:
  • Explores the foundational topics of journalism, the Snowden leaks, and encryption by companies such as Apple
  • Considers commercial applications including behavioural advertising, big data, algorithms, and the role of platforms such as Google and Facebook
  • Introduces the role of the body with discussions of emotion, wearable media, peer-based privacy, and sexting
  • Encourages students to put their understanding to work with suggestions for further research, challenging them to explore how privacy functions in practice
Privacy and the Media is not a polemic on privacy as "good" or "bad," but a call to assess the detail and the potential implications of contemporary media technologies and practices. It is essential reading for students and researchers of digital media, social media, digital politics, and the creative and cultural industries. 
1. Introduction
PART I: Journalism, Surveillance and Politics of Encryption
2. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear: myth and Western roots of privacy
3. Journalism: a complex relationship with privacy
4. The Snowden leaks: a call for better surveillance
5. Encryption: simultaneously public and private
PART II: Commercial dimensions of privacy and media
7. Behavioural and programmatic advertising: consent, data alienation and problems with Marx
8. The right to be forgotten: memory, deletion and expression
9. Big data: machine learning and the politics of algorithms
PART III: The role of the body
10. Empathic media: towards ubiquitous emotional intelligence
11. Re-introducing the Body: intimate and wearable media
12. Being young and social: inter-personal privacy and debunking seclusion
13. Sexting: exposure, protocol and collective privacy
14. Conclusion: what do media developments tell us about privacy?

This is an easy to read, accessible text book that is aimed to tackle timely privacy concerns. The chapters are short, with pertinent examples that make the reading enjoyable. I teach from this book the issue of privacy and recommend other teachers to do the same.

I thank Sage for a book copy.

Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor
Politics & International Relations, Hull University
January 4, 2018

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