Privacy is an anomaly

There have been such passionate pleadings in favor of "privacy" that one wonders why and how we've become so passionate about keeping things to ourselves ?

Up until the 19th century, most houses had few or no internal walls. Bathing was a public act. For most of the post-Roman era, the very concept of “solitude” was limited to clergy, who dedicated their lives to private worship. “Intercourse, birth, death, just about every aspect of the life cycle plays out with some sort of audience,” architectural historian Bernard Herman explained to me.

Perhaps the real concern is with information privacy? Well, that’s new too. The “right to privacy” was not coined until 1890, by future Chief Justice Louis Brandeis. The right to privacy would not be recognized by the Supreme Court until the landmark 1967 case, Katz v. The United States

Gregory Ferenstein, Techcrunch

1967 ! Privacy started with a tribe member’s first wooden wall: A way to choose what he wanted to share with his community, a means to carve his social image. Walls are the original, real-world version of Facebook’s sharing settings.

“So I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be interested in privacy, but I am suggesting to you that it’s an accident, in some respect, of the urban revolution,” concludes Vint Cerf, Google’s Internet evangelist.