Privacy Poem

Where do we get this notion of privacy? Is privacy a value, or is privacy a virtue? If privacy is a value, it’s simply a worth we want, and what we want is not always what is good for us: we want alcohol, tobacco, and firearms; fast cars with sound so loud we need earplugs;…

Is Privacy the New Plastic?

In February, I posted on the film “Examined Life.” One of the featured philosophers in the film, Peter Singer, has an interesting article on ethics, privacy, and social networking and technology in this month’s (August) Harpers: “Visible man: Ethics in a world without secrets.” Is privacy the new plastic? (Use library if no Harper’s subscription.)

On Poetry

Some days ago, Susan suggested a book I’ve finally opened, Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life. “It is always quietly thrilling,” Bryson says in the introduction, “to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.” He’s discovered a rooftop vista accessible…