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Private, the Public, and the Published: Reconciling Private Lives and Public Rhetoric Barbara Couture

Private, the Public, and the Published: Reconciling Private Lives and Public Rhetoric

Barbara Couture

Published May 10th 2014
ISBN : 9781283267168
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At the 2003 Rock the Vote debate, one of the questions posed by a student to the eight Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination was have you ever used marijuana? Amazingly, all but one of the candidates voluntarily answered theMoreAt the 2003 Rock the Vote debate, one of the questions posed by a student to the eight Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination was have you ever used marijuana? Amazingly, all but one of the candidates voluntarily answered the question. Add to this example the multiple ways in which we now see public intrusion into private lives (security cameras, electronic access to personal data, scanning and wanding at the airport) or private self-exposure in public forums (cell phones, web cams, confessional talk shows, voyeuristic reality TV). That matters so private could be treated as legitimate-in some cases even vital-for public discourse indicates how intertwined the realms of private and public have become in our era. Reverse examples exist as well. Around the world, public authorities look the other way while individual rights are abused--calling it a private matter--or officials appeal to sectarian mores to justify discrimination in public policies.The authors of The Private, the Public, and the Published feel that scholarship needs to explore and understand this phenomenon, and needs to address it in the college classroom. There are consequences of conflating public and private, they argue--consequences that have implications especially for what is known as the public good. The changing distinctions between private and public, and the various practices of private and public expression, are explored in these essays with an eye toward what they teach us about those consequences and implications.