There was a time when the only glimpse we could get into the lives of our neighbors was to invest in a high-powered pair of binoculars and aim them discreetly out our window toward the apartment across the alleyway and hope the drapes were left open. Like the minds of the characters Grace Kelly and James Stewart portrayed in REAR WINDOW, our idle minds had only peeping-Tommery at their disposal for a quick thrill, a sneak-peek into the lives of others, a short-cut into living vicariously. Today we have the ever-expanding world of internet social networking - linking the virtual lives of millions with a few simple strokes of the keyboard. In an instant I can let all my 210 'friends' on FACEBOOK know exactly what I am doing: "Jenie is writing a blog on the new age of voyeurism at www.jeniealtruda.blogspot.com." But even more titillating, perhaps, is my ability to peer into the daily grind of my 'friends' without anyone ever knowing. I don't even have to have a window to know that Jessica is enjoying a cup of Joe and Michael just got back from Yoga and really dreads going to work. The question really is, why should I care?
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune,
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn."