Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Selective privacy

Another devastating review of digital guru’s Jeff Jarvis’ latest Utopian gibberish, “Public Parts,” as levied by ”The Naked Crowd” Author Jeffrey Rosen: 

"It turns out that Jarvis is not an advocate of principled transparency at all, but merely an advocate for his own career. As a result, his personal revelations tell us nothing about what kind of person he really is. What does his wife think about his browsing Internet porn? How do his children feel about his vulgar descriptions of his private parts? In his acknowledgments, he thanks ‘my wonderful family’ who ‘cope with the trials of living with a too-public husband and father,’ but in the book itself we have no sense of what those trials actually are. Although he insists that ‘publicness builds relationships,’ it’s hard not to wonder whether, in the case of his family, self-exposure has had the opposite effect. In the end, the generically prurient details that Jarvis blogs, tweets and broadcasts reveal nothing memorable or true about him as a husband or father: In his hunger to market himself to the crowd, he reduces himself to a slick abstraction."

If someone were to craft a dystopian novel about the banalities of the digital age, Rosen has Jarvis as antihero down cold.


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