Once upon a time it was easy to distinguish a public space from a private one. A house was a private space and a cinema was a public space. However in today’s society where media and technology have become a part of our everyday lives this distinction has become blurred and almost interchangeable.
Matt Patterson writes a piece on his research which sees public space as an old concept. When we go to a shopping mall we may talk on our mobiles and simply browse around by ourselves creating a private experience yet we are considered to be in a public space. In reverse we can be at home and yet share what we are doing through social media therefore how private is our time at home if all our friends are aware of what we just watched or ate?