• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Questions of privacy are critical to the study of contemporary media and society. When we’re more and more connected to devices and to content, it’s increasingly important to understand how information about ourselves is being collected, transmitted, processed, and mediated. Privacy and the Media equips students to do just that, providing a comprehensive overview of both the theory and reality of privacy and the media in the 21st Century. Offering a rich overview of this crucial and topical relationship, Andy McStay: • Explores the foundational topics of journalism, the Snowden leaks, and encryption by companies such as Apple • Considers commercial applications including behavioural advertising, big data, algorithms, and the role of platforms such as Google and Facebook • Introduces the role of the body with discussions of emotion, wearable media, peer-based privacy, and sexting • Encourages students to put their understanding to work with suggestions for further research, challenging them to explore how privacy functions in practice. Privacy and the Media is not a polemic on privacy as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but a call to assess the detail and the potential implications of contemporary media technologies and practices. It is essential reading for students and researchers of digital media, social media, digital politics, and the creative and cultural industries. ‘Privacy and the Media is a thoughtful survey of the privacy landscape. McStay reviews the intricate tensions and seeming contradictions to offer an accessible book for anyone curious about the contemporary debates in privacy.’ - danah boyd, author of It’s Complicated and founder of Data & Society ‘McStay’s great achievement here is to confront many of the pertinent and complex questions about media and privacy in a style that is both authoritative and easy to read... His book will prove an excellent companion for all students of this fascinating and crucial topic.’ - Mireille Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel ‘Clearly and accessibly written, this book is a great resource for anyone interested in the broad range of ways in which privacy and contemporary media are entangled and in the big picture of privacy/media relations today... I will definitely be assigning it for my students.’ - Helen Kennedy, University of Sheffield

Sexting: Exposure, Protocol and Collective Privacy
Sexting: Exposure, Protocol and Collective Privacy
Key Questions
  • How does affect contribute to understanding of privacy?
  • To what extent is privacy a collective responsibility?
  • Given the risks, why do people send sexts?
  • To what extent is sexting a form of cyber-bullying?
Key Concepts
  • Unwanted exposure
  • Affect
  • Affective protocol
  • Collective privacy

Sexting refers to the practice of people sending nude or explicit images of themselves, usually through social media. It is also referred to as cybersex, sending nudes, sexts, dodgy pix, fanpics or just selfies. People typically do this to create erotica, enliven their sex lives and generate greater closeness. Married couples and people in long-term relationships do it but, as this chapter will explore, so do younger people. This brings with it questions about pressure, motivation and laws about ...

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