Monday, January 21, 2008

Novel on life-streaming

Duncan Riley at Tech Crunch has posted a blog entry on life-streaming and privacy where he argues that some areas of one’s life should remain private, that is, unstreamed.

What I found most interesting about Riley’s post was his reference to a new novel by Ben Elton called Blind Faith, which deals with the topic of privacy and surveillance in the age of ubiquitous computing. Here’s part of the novel’s description from Amazon, which Riley posted with his blog entry:

Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person “feels” and “truly believes” is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith.
Ben Elton imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional sex-obsessed, self-centric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom and privacy is a dangerous perversion. A chilling vision of what’s to come? Or something rather closer to what we call reality?

It sounds like a good read. Maybe I’ll have time to get to it when it comes out this summer.

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