Privacy and Mediatisation

  • Tim Dwyer
Part of the Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business book series (GMPB)


When we talk about self-disclosure and self-exposure, we assume that once there was a time when the personal self of the subject was separated from the public, hidden and protected in a sphere of intimacy from observation by a sensation seeking crowd. And, vice versa, we tend to think that the public sphere was protected from obtrusive privacy. Indeed, historical evidence shows that a sphere of privacy — which did not exist before in the same way — emerged in the 18th century, in the context of bourgeois society. This development was accompanied by the rise of a more reflexive form of individualism, a culture of self-thematisation, a refinement of techniques of confession, which gradually became released from religious and juridical contexts…Today, in media culture, there is a tendency towards the dissolution of the boundary between the private and the public; toward intensified penetration of the public into the realm of privacy, and of privacy into the public sphere. When the private self goes public, however, the character of authentic self-disclosure begins to shift to a dramatised, strategic self-presentation and theatrical self-expression. With this, the culture of reflexive self-disclosure begins to dissolve or may even egin to disappear.1


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Further reading

  1. Blatterer, H. (2010) Modern Privacy: Shifting Boundaries, New Forms. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Brock, G. (2013) Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age. London and New York: Korgan Press Ltd.Google Scholar
  3. Davies, N. (2014) Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch. London: Chatto & Windus.Google Scholar
  4. Deacon, D. and Stanyer, J. (2014) ‘Mediatization: key concept or conceptual bandwagon’, Media, Culture & Society, 36(7): 1032–1044.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. OECD, (2002), OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data. Paris, France: OECD.Google Scholar

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© Tim Dwyer 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Dwyer
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  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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