something to honk about
Hey, gang. So I was thinking,
The internet is public. You’re smart. You know this. I do too. We all know it, but we don’t all remember. We don’t all understand, grok, dig, appreciate this. The internet is public.
When we are on the internet, we are on one website, looking at one page on that website. It’s like being in a room. And we are standing in that room looking at one wall in the room. The room is in an apartment. The apartment is in a building. The building is in a neighborhood. The neighborhood is in a city. The city is in a state. The state is in a country. The country is on a continent. The continent is in the world.
The whole world is the internet. And we are standing in one room looking at one wall. It’s really easy to move to another room and look at another wall. We can instantly jump across the world and look at a different wall in a different room in a different building. But we can really only take in one wall at a time (maybe two).
So it can feel small, even when it is so big. The internet is so public. It’s more public than any town square or city hall or television station broadcast.
Yet when we put something up on our own wall in our own room, maybe no one will look at it that day, or just a handful of people. So it can feel not very public. But remember, someone can come look at our wall in our room any time, maybe years in the future, they’ll come and look, if they find the right map, if they get good directions. If we put it up there, it’s there for anyone to see.
So let’s keep that in mind, when we are decorating our walls, okay gang?