Privacy in a Public Society: Human Rights in Conflict
Personal privacy is perceived as one of our most important rights--and the loss of privacy, one of our worst fears. This book addresses that issue. Hixson sees privacy as a privilege, and one well worth protecting, but not on the grand scale that claims for privacy are pressed today (witness celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor trying to patent their personalities).
Hixson asserts that "an open and democratic society cannot tolerate a high degree of privacy." He argues that whenever personal privacy becomes a mere self-protective shield, it is self-defeating and attained at the expense of the community's well-being. This book is a comprehensive examination of the citizen's right to be left alone as against the citizenry's need for information. Hixson draws upon the humanistic and utilitarian values expressed by Jefferson, Bentham, Tocqueville, Emerson, and Holmes, as well as, in our own time, the public philosophies of Hannah Arendt, Ronald Dworkin, Alexander Meiklejohn, Aldous Huxley, and Robert Bellah. Court cases illustrate the relationship between the private person and an open democratic society, which includes an unfettered press. The first part of the book deals with the philosophical and legal foundation of privacy while the bulk of it treats the conflict over the idea of privacy in the media-oriented mass society today, particularly in the age of the computer.
Controversial, trenchant, pithy, this is an important book on a major public issue.
About the Author:
Richard F. Hixson is Professor of Communication Law and Journalism History in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University. He has written widely on privacy not only for scholarly reviews and magazines but also for The New York Times and other consumer publications.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
In Search of Solitude
Creating a Legal Right
False Promises Myriad Objectives
7 other sections not shown
abortion agency Amendment American autonomy Barrington Moore basic behavior Bentham Bloustein Bostwick chapter citizens civil claim common law concept concern Congress constitutional culture decision disclosure Dworkin Elizabeth Taylor Exemption false light federal Flaherty FOIA Fourteenth Amendment Fourth Amendment Freedom of Information Gertz Griswold H. L. A. Hart human rights Ibid indi individual individual's intrusion invasion of privacy involved John Lukacs Judge Justice law enforcement legal right legislation libel liberty mass media matter ment Michael Kammen moral natural rights newspaper noted officials one's personal privacy plaintiff political principle Privacy Act private facts privilege Prosser public figures public interest Raymond Williams records reports right of privacy right of publicity Ronald Dworkin ruled sion social society solitude statute surveillance Susman tion tort U.S. Supreme Court Univ utilitarian vacy vidual violated voir dire Warren and Brandeis Westin Williams writes York Zacchini
Out of the Box: Strategies for Achieving Profits Today and Growth Tomorrow ...
No preview available - 2002
All Book Search results »
The Governance of Privacy: Policy Instruments in Global Perspective
Colin John Bennett,Charles D. Raab
No preview available - 2003