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The Culture of Peep

May 3, 2011

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret

Now more than ever we live in an era of illusion: the illusion that we’re in control, the illusion that we have (or should want to have) privacy, the illusion that we’re smart enough to avoid the pitfalls of Peep.

If there’s one thing I now know, it’s the value of not knowing. Our pragmatic, bureaucratic society sees it differently, of course. But so much of the mystery of life, so much of its inherent unquantifiable worth, comes from that which remains a mystery. It’s not knowing that makes us fall in love, that allows us to appreciate beauty, that permits us to revel in the moment despite the indisputable fact that one day we will be sick, and that one day we will be dead.

As for us right now, well, we’re busy frantically trying to know everything and anything, no matter how garish, invasive, or better left alone it may be. We’re frantic about filling the void. But a void is a vacuum – it sucks everything into it, it’s never full, and it’s never satisfied. Peep is bad when it exists to feed the allknowing void. And at the risk of getting all chicken-soup-for-the-grown-up-daughter here, Peep is good when it feeds that which is uniquely human: our capacity to care without needing to know why.

~ Extract from The Peep Diaries, by Hal Niedzviecki

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