How Peep Culture Hacked Your Reputation & Brain
In his book 'The Peep Diaries' & doc 'Peep Culture,' Hal Niedzviecki notes our willingness to bare everything for entertainment, profit & reputation. Even if we don't aspire to fame, with every status update, video upload & burrito-Instagram, we expect to be witnessed. We marvel at the higher speeds & access to information; congratulate ourselves about using the same digital platforms as those powering recent revolutions, but we've drifted into consumption, broadcasting & 'curation' of increasingly meaningless content. We will debate Hal's idea - a peep culture centered on chasing maximum rewards for exposing private lives - with a demographic twist: Meghan Warby (aged 31) is a cautious digital native unsure about transparency; Boyd Neil (aged 63) is comfortable with digital ‘nakedness’ as a necessity of digital democracy; & Niedzviecki (aged 41) who grew up with one of the first PCs but has become increasingly skeptical of the way we're turning domestic life into public product.
Boyd trusts users of the social web to look after themselves, although he has much less faith in social platform owners and governments to look after our best interests.
Social media and digital practice leader at H+K Strategies in Canada, Boyd also teaches social media at Ryerson University, is active on most top social platforms and speaks frequently on social media trends and strategies including at such leading interactive conferences as SXSW, NXNE and HPX. Boyd has M.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Toronto, loves indie bands, reads literature (including poetry) and believe it or not can dance without looking like an old guy doing it.
Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker and culture commentator. He writes and thinks about the effects of mass media, pop culture and consumer technology on individual life and society. He is the author of books of nonfiction and fiction including the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors.
Please join us for our 'Peep Culture' talk on Saturday: bit.ly/sxpeep
Meghan Warby's developing an overarching social media presence in a new role as Social Media Strategy Lead in the province of Ontario's Cabinet Office. Previously, Meghan was agency-side as a government relations, corporate comms and digital strategy practitioner at Hill & Knowlton.
Blogging and tweeting as “withoutayard” combines her love of music (nurtured at the Austin Music Foundation) & politics (expressed on Election Predictor Blogs). Her love of learning, networking and creativity has led her to act as Lead Curator of North by Northeast Interactive and Halifax Pop Explosion Digital.