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Lecture 17

PSYC 215 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Edward Snowden, Closed-Circuit Television, Julian Assange


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 215
Professor
Mark Baldwin
Lecture
17

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Analyses of sociocultural phenomena based on social psych research.
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Ed Snowden
Former NSA agent
Released documents of massive spying on citizens worldwide.
Email, Voice, text, video chats, etc
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Julian Assange
Founder of WikiLeaks
Published documents explaining tech developed by the CIA
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Ties in with discussion about other forms of surveillance
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Closed circuit video surveillance
May help in solving or even reduce some crime
Ex: UK has 2million cameras
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Also, our personal info and data about our online activities are constantly collected online,
tech firms
Comparison of 1984
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Comparison to the panopticon
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Prison where the guard tower can observe any prisoner at any time
Tries to solve the issue of having too few guards for too many prisoners
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Prisoners could be watched at any time: so would learn to self-regulate behaviour
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Surveillance and the public/private distinction
Public vs private
Lecture 17
Thursday, October 31, 2019
2:35 PM

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Public vs private
self -presentation: our attempts to control the impressions others have of us
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Goffman's metaphor of acting in a play
Character
Costume
Props
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Goffman also referred to "backstage" phenomena particularly in situations we consider pr
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Privacy:
Allows person to tolerate and recover from the irritations and stresses of public inte
"Good fences make good neighbours"
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Allows for behaviour free from power of other people to influence; free from criticis
be 'truly oneself'
Is important to most people: Ex: consider doors, locks, secret ballots, passwords.
Consider discomfort with being watched, listened to, or videoed doing someth
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once said privacy is no longer a social norm
He also bought all the houses on his block.
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Self presentation motive is presumed to be strongest when behaviour is public
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Social psychologists therefore often try to reduce self-presentation pressures
Ex: to assess true attitudes
Behaviour is not known to others
Participant is not
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Some effects of being watched:
Video surveillance and self-awareness
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Froming et al examined the private vs public distinction
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Do different self-awareness manipulations produce different effects on behaviour?
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