Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture

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Don't Look Now, but Somebody's Watching You

Mediated voyeurism never has been as easy to produce as it is today. That is attributable in no small part to some very small parts. In particular, credit belongs to amazing advancements in recording technology that allow everyone from the journalist working for a megamedia conglomerate to the quiet, nice-guy next door working for himself to capture unguarded moments from the lives of others on videotape.

The lightweight portable video camera--either handheld or shoulder-mounted--makes possible much of the video on a program such as the reality-producer Paul Stojanovich World's Wildest Police Videos. The show, which debuted in 1998 and falls into the video vérité category of mediated voyeurism defined in the Introduction, relies almost exclusively on video recorders used by law enforcement agencies, news bureaus, and other sources to supply its raw material. The cameras required for this type of mediated voyeurism need not be miniature or hidden to effectively bring viewers an action-packed hour of highway car chases and surface street shoot-outs. The cameras that capture footage for this show instead may be held by a per-

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