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The Unwanted Gaze is an important book about one of the most pressing issues of our day: how changes in technology and the law have combined to demolish our rights of privacy, and what we can and must do to re-secure them.
In this groundbreaking and unflinching book, Jeffrey Rosen examines the legal, technological, and cultural changes that have undermined our ability to control how much information about ourselves is communicated to others. Rosen argues passionately that privacy is important because it protects us from being judged out of context in a world of short attention spans, a world in which information can easily be confused with knowledge.
“Jeffrey Rosen is America’s most penetrating legal journalist.... There is no work—and no author—I know that does a better job braiding legal scholarship, academic ideas outside law, and popular culture.”—Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law, Yale Law School
“Brilliant and haunting…a pleasure to read.”–The Washington Post Book World
“Rosen makes a complex subject fascinating by showing us how vulnerable we all are. His message: Pay attention. It could happen to you.”–The Denver Post
“This remarkably rich and detailed book sharpens our understanding of a problem that most of us prefer not to think about.”–The New York Times Book Review