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The private sphere of Habermas

A closed window.

A closed window.

What is private space?

In his 1961 thesis The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Jürgen Habermas suggests modelling it as a private sphere where a public window is cut out from the inside.

According to Habermas, the public space cuts out a window within the private space.
Schematization of the private sphere

According to Habermas, the public space cuts out a window within the private space.

Such a window keeps on growing.

Publicity can reach us nearly anywhere, including the bedroom, one of the most intimate of private spaces.

Why do the large platforms (GAFAM+) appear so welcoming? Because they strive to capture not only our attention, but also the slightest of our interactions, which are then monetized—hence their interest (against conviviality) in retaining users for as long as possible.

The gluttonous giants are literally robbing our lives from the inside, just as they would for market shares. If we do not take action, it is privacy as a whole the giants may wolf down.

A cookie eaten from the inside.

A cookie eaten from the inside.