I’ve read some wonderful wisdom on spying, invasions of privacy, in our pop art, pop lit over the decades: I’ll jot a bibliography as details come to me. Mickey Spillane, I (Eye) the Jury, profound, profound, whether he’s a gorilla or not. Keep in mind McLuhan’s point about the imperial culture since the Renaissance being a visual culture: Russians eavesdrop; westerners spy!
I bet I’d be embarrassed to be a human in most cultures, but this is the one I grew up, old, and helpless in. Gentlemen do not read each others’ mail, said an early CIA head: he wasn’t head for long: teachers look in your shorts, give your grades to strangers … The culture is dedicated against privacy, against decency …
K. had a piece on a movie, FX, where Brian Dennehy and Bryan Brown break into a loft in NY. When they leave they don’t bother to lock the door, I’m not even sure they close it!
I was just reading a passage in a Ross Macdonald novel where Archer gains entrance to an occupied beach house under false pretenses, goes into a bedroom, sees a purse, goes through it, opens the wallet, notes the currency: large bills, small bills …
We’re supposed to report crimes (the state only means crimes against whites by blacks!): what would happen if crimes in fictions were also reported?
But of course very few crimes are reported, near zero if it’s a powerful institution, like the CIA, committing the crime: or, the crimes are reported, then filed: in the circular file: on the floor. The Vatican Library, and culture’s library, will hold documents which are shared and documents which are concealed, and no library’s holdings equal the whole truth.
I like the idea of Judgment because it assumes knowledge both complete and true, a really funny idea.
Bibliography: to start
In a minute I’ll check my library, there was a really good book centering on journalism and nudist colonies: guy did a series of social journalisms.