Thursday December 10, 2009
What's on DNTO: Dec. 12
It's a peep show! We have an insatiable fascination with peeking into the lives of others. And whether it's on Facebook, through the family Christmas letter, or a not-so-secret diary, we often share our lives with others (sometimes to the point of "oversharing...."). So what's behind our fascination with the "peep show?" That's what we're out to discover this week...
When has your curiosity about other people landed you in trouble? Sook-Yin takes her mic to the street to find out about your snoopy ways.
Nothing is as private as a love letter... until it becomes public. (Insert your own Tiger Woods joke here.) Bill Shapiro has collected love letters of all kinds in his book Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant To See. We'll find out why he loves loving the love letters of others.
Who needs a T.V. when you've got a window? Suzi Jones will tell us about being a "window watcher" - and the surprising connections she made by watching her neighbours from a distance.
Sook-Yin tells us how she out-peeped a peeper... Clive, the enigmatic man who stared at women through binoculars at punk shows. Tune in to find out what Sook-Yin discovered when she turned the binoculars on Clive...
If you're a Facebook user, the easiest way to let the world know what's going on is via the status update. So Sook-Yin heads out to ask what your "status" is... and why you wanted the world to know that.
If you really want people to notice you, one way would be to set up a transparent teepee in downtown Toronto, and spend a night in it. Of course, you probably wouldn't do that. But artist Skeena Reece did. Sook-Yin will find out why Skeena wanted people to look at her... and why she went to such lengths to make it happen.
Have you ever spilled "too much information" to a stranger by accident? Ever done it in a job interview? Steven Shehori will tell us what happened when he was just a bit too revealing in a major interview... and why the consequences weren't quite what he expected.
To share... or not to share? That's the decision everyone who keeps a blog, has a Facebook profile, or "tweets" has to make.We'll hear what super-blogger Emily Gould learned about "oversharing" - and what advice she has about spilling details online.
Would you go public with something pretty personal... like, say, your attempt to lose half your body weight? That's exactly what Jennette Fulda, blogger and author of Half-Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir did... and we'll find out why she wanted to share that story with the world.
How is the world feeling today? That's what Sep Kamvar wanted to know, and why he co-founded We Feel Fine - a website that takes the "emotional temperature" of the blogosphere. Find out how it works, and what Sep has learned about our need to share our feelings.
And here's this week's playlist:
K-OS - "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman"
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant - "Please Read the Letter"
Rockwell - "Somebody's Watching Me"
Shad - "Brother"
Regina Spektor - "Wallet"
Har Mar Superstar - "D.U.I."
Julie Fader - "Shoulders"
Al Wilson - "Show and Tell"
Paper Moon - "People Were Talking But Now They're Forgetting"
Jann Arden - "Good Mother"