Peep Culture

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We live in a society obsessed with social media. Most of us post intimate details about our lives online and on social media sites daily. Blogs have replaced the old school diaries, so now details of our lives are available online for anyone to access. Facebook has replaced photo albums, for the majority photos are now digital and stored online, accessible to friends and friends of friends on Facebook.

This can be damaging to the way we are perceived by others. You can post something online in a matter of seconds but it is nearly impossible to erase. Toronto writer and social commentator Hal Niedzviecki calls this desire to share our lives with others online “peep culture.” He says it allows ordinary people to get their entertainment from other ordinary people.

A big problem with peep culture  is over sharing online. By giving out personal information online it gives anyone access  to it, even people who could potentially do harm.

The subject of pop culture in the capitalist age was watching celebrities, the subject of post capitalist production is the ordinary individual through amateur video. Peep culture is simply an evolution of popular culture and its focus on entertainers and celebrities, Niedzviecki says. Therefore, our society has evolved from being completely fixated on celebrities to being fixated on the lives of ordinary people, through reality tv, blogs, and social networking sites.

By: Nicole Johns

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