Evgeny Morozov October 12, 2011
"Public Parts—the second book by Jeff Jarvis, the Internet’s loudest guru—reads like a glib, half-baked sequel to The Defeat of Privacy, produced by an older and more conservative Howard Kirk, who has swapped his tweed jacket for a tuxedo and his smoking pipe for an iPhone. Jarvis’s intellectual heroes are different from Kirk’s, and the latter’s hippie lingo is replaced by business-friendly clichés, but the message is the same. With a little Habermas, a little Arendt, and a little media history, Jarvis argues that “if we become too obsessed with privacy, we could lose opportunities to make connections in this age of links.”
Privacy, he argues, has social costs: just think of patients guarding their health information instead of sharing it with scientists, who might use it to find new cures. For Jarvis, privacy is the preserve of the selfish; keep too much to yourself, and the “Privacy Police” may pay you a visit.
Why are we so obsessed with privacy?
Neither Jarvis nor Clay Shirky—that other promoter of “Habermas for Dummies: The Web-Only Edition”—wants to grapple with the cultural consequences of the political economy of today’s Web. Instead they make an implicit assumption that today’s Internet companies will somehow prove more benign than all the corporate-controlled media that preceded them.
But why assume that Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page will be different from Rupert Murdoch and Conrad Black? Because they are geeks? Anyone who believes this is under the spell of geek religion.
Most of the narrative tension in Jarvis’s book originates from linguistic confusion over the numerous meanings of “publicness” and “privacy.” ..."
answer to this critical Review by the Author Jeff Jarvis & Discussion in Google +
later a "fuller response" by Jeff Jatvis via google doc:
.. and an interesting "meta"-debate about the modes and the role of intellectuals in the Social Web - with interesting comments (also by Jeff Jarvis himself :-http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2011/10/17/the-rise-of-the-internet-anti-intellectual/#comment-1679
Facebook "live" interview & Discussion:
Because this topic is getting more and more complex, I am collecting this different resources in a storify document:
... with a lot of other voices online (reviews, tweets and also some excerpts ...)
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