How Do I Define Public vs. Private Conversation?
By in Generic
How do I define public vs. private conversation? A dinner for two? four? twenty-five? A birthday celebration? A BBQ of 30?
Two close friends chat and one happens to be a journalist, or a lawyer or a politician. Should we define this interaction as a public conversation? Is such an encounter public or private?
What about those people talking in front of the mirror? No mental disorder. They might say a nutty thing while shaving or putting on makeup. Just for the fun of it. Somebody walks by the bathroom window and records the words. Is that private? Or, is it now public? When can we label this information as public? The person recording puts the record on youtube. Is that now public?
Should a law list the words and their euphemisms or only the words masked by euphemisms? Shall we change the law when the euphemism starts becoming an insult? We now have stepped on the euphemism treadmill, inventing a new euphemism. Who decides when a word or euphemism is to be added to the list?
Somebody close to us gets angry with us, a friendship gets sour, a relationship is broken – the other secretly records every fight and releases it to the public.
Who is going to decide what to be punished in a private conversation and when it becomes public? Who is going to notify the person who has been recorded?
What if I want to role play with a friend extreme scenarios so we can discuss opinions in a small coffee shop? The person at the next table turns on the phone recording. Next day is on youtube or in the news.
When do I become a public figure? Are my past private conversations public, if I become known overnight? What if a word used at the time of my conversation was political correct and has become by now not political correct any longer?
How do we teach our children to self-censor every private conversation they have? From what age?
Are we saints? Are all our thoughts pure?