I watched the film first – I don’t know if that was a good move or not, as there’s some definite oddities in the film. The book’s much better, and is a real challenge as to who has the power over our knowledge (very Foucauldian), although it came to a rather abrupt end which I found a little less satisfying than the film – although overall a much more believable end! As I’m currently putting together a piece on peer/self-surveillance, I screenshot quite a few pages about the nature of being ‘fully transparent’ and – essentially – the affordances and constraints it places about us, and the price ‘we’ may be prepared to pay for that.
Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.