Letters: Jul. 17, 2000

Voyeur TV: We Like to Watch

"Watching other people give up their privacy makes it easier to give up our own. Big Brother is watching, and we are him." ALAN M. KAPLAN Ridgewood, N.J.

There's nothing new or mysterious about voyeurism. Television programmers have just rediscovered normal human behavior [TELEVISION, June 26]. From the beginning of time, people have enjoyed watching others. The thrill we get from seeing Survivor is the same thrill that Jimmy Stewart got from secretly observing his neighbors in Rear Window and that parkgoers get from watching lovers neck on a bench. SHERRI CADEAUX Holland, Mich.


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