An interesting implication of blogging and other social media is that conversations once conducted privately have become public. The most common examples are conversations that take place through the comment areas for posts, rather than through private email.
My initial reaction to this phenomenon was to bemoan the loss of boundaries. But, in keeping with my recent musings about privacy, I increasingly see the virtues of public conversations. After all, a synonym for privacy, albeit with a somewhat different connotation, is secrecy. Near-antonyms include transparency and openness.
I can’t promise to always serve personally as an open, transparent information access provider. But I’ll do so where possible. Here at The Noisy Channel, the conversation is public.