On the End of Privacy explores how literacy is transformed by online technology that lets us instantly publish anything that we can see or hear. Miller examines the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a young college student who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after he discovered that his roommate spied on him via webcam. With access to the text messages, tweets, and chatroom posts of those directly involved in this tragedy, Miller asks: why did no one intervene to stop the spying? Searching for an answer to that question leads Miller to online porn sites, the invention of Facebook, the court-martial of Chelsea Manning, the contents of Hillary Clinton’s email server, Anthony Weiner’s sexted images, Chatroulette, and more as he maps out the changing norms governing privacy in the digital age.
Richard E. Miller is a professor in the English Department at Rutgers University. He regularly teaches a course on Apocalyptic Literature and writing seminars that practice reading in slow motion. He has delivered over 100 invited lectures at high schools, colleges, and universities across the country and around the world on the ways that digital technology is transforming the nature of literacy. After a seven-year hiatus spent learning how to write online, Miller has returned to the printed page with the publication of On the End of Privacy.
Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Associate Professor of social work at Rutgers University. He holds graduate degrees in anthropology and social work and is supervising psychoanalyst at the New Jersey Institue for Training in Psychoanalysis and the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis New Jersey. He was trained at Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center and the Hanna Perkins Center (Cleveland, OH). He is the author of On Having and Being a Case Manager: A Relational Method for Recovery; Qualitative Methods for Practice;, A to Z for Psychodynamic Practice and three books with Routledge Press:The Social Work and K-12 Schools Casebook and The Social Work and Sexual Trauma Case Book: Phenomenological Perspectives and The LGBTQ Sexual Trauma Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives from Clinicians.