On Our Public Privacy


In this Smart Set piece, Stefany Anne Golberg contemplates the “public commodification of privacy,” finding a precursor to our own tendencies in the poet Charles Baudelaire’s navigation of 19th century urban life.

“But the illusion of public privacy is one we have all created, one we all participate in — and understandably so. Like Baudelaire, we are perpetually immersed in the crowd. In lieu of privacy in private, we have created a public privacy.”

(Via The Book Bench)

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →