The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age — By Jeffrey Rosen
I really liked this book. Some of it is about the issues of balancing security and privacy issues in a post-9/11 world, especially how people in general aren’t good at assessing options and risks, and prefers whatever makes them feel safer. But what I was really interested in was observations about crowd behavior, a subject I’ve been interested in since college. I especially liked Chapter Five, Identity Crisis, which would work just fine as a standalone article. It includes observations on the New York Times Portraits of Grief, blogging, reality television, and some historical stuff going back to Alexis de Tocqueville… just my kind of thing.