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Privacy and the Media

by Andrew McStay Sage Publications Ltd
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Hbk 224 pages
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Providing a comprehensive overview of both the theory and reality of privacy and the media in the 21st Century, 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. 


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 pleasingly accessible book tackles all the major questions that arise in a world whose lifeblood is our personal information; liberty, choice, transparency, control. It goes to the “conceptual, ethical and legal heart of privacy”.  McStay argues that privacy is “not about isolation, going off-grid or being a digital hermit”. Rather, it is about managing our online lives and controlling how much others know about us. This book persuades me more than ever that privacy is a branch of ethics – the age-old relationship between the self and the other.

Privacy and the Media’ is not a set of neatly answered questions or defences of established positons. It is a series of embarkation points for further exploration of an increasingly critical area of study, with real-world implications for the nature of our ‘datafied’ selves.

The book will serve as a great introduction to informational privacy, not just for media studies students and privacy lawyers, but for any information rights professional needing a deeper understanding of the subject.