What is public?



Anil DashAnil Dash thoughts on the idea of “public.”

Public is not simply defined. Public is not just what can be viewed by others, but a fragile set of social conventions about what behaviors are acceptable and appropriate. There are people determined to profit from expanding and redefining what’s public, working to treat nearly everything we say or do as a public work they can exploit. They may succeed before we even put up a fight.

In popular discourse, most debate assumes either you are doing something that is public, or you are not. But in reality, the vast majority of what we do exists on a continuum that is neither clearly public nor strictly private. So why do we get this disconnect between rhetoric and reality?

Read the full essay @ Medium.com.

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