Author Talk Featuring Jeremy Weissman: The Crowdsourced Panopticon

Jeremy Weissman, Washington and Lee University

Abstract

Jeremy will read from his 2021 book: The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media. Free and open to the public.

Mar 31, 2021: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zoom.

Here is how Rowman & Littlefield describe The Crowdsourced Panopticon:
“Behind the omnipresent screens of our laptops and smartphones, a digitally networked public has quickly grown larger than the population of any nation on Earth. On the flipside, in front of the ubiquitous recording devices that saturate our lives, individuals are hyper-exposed through a worldwide online broadcast that encourages the public to watch, judge, rate, and rank people’s lives. The interplay of these two forces – the invisibility of the anonymous crowd and the exposure of the individual before that crowd – is a central focus of this book. Informed by critiques of conformity and mass media by some of the greatest philosophers of the past two centuries, as well as by a wide range of historical and empirical studies, Weissman helps shed light on what may happen when our lives are increasingly broadcast online for everyone all the time, to be judged by the global community.”

Part of the Anne and Edgar Basse Jr. Author Talk Series, Presented by the University Library