privatization of public space

I heard of this concept in a podcast and I love thinking about it whenever I am in public spaces.

Public spaces feel more private today because of how we can escape into our own worlds. We do this with phones, headphones, or books etc.

What was once a shared experience (the sound landscape in particular) can now be masked and exited by putting in headphones. How does this freedom alter public spaces? And how does it effect our experience of them?

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