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Sarah Ford's recent article, ‘Reconceptualizing the Public/Private Distinction in the Age of Information Technology’ demonstrates how social media shifts our understanding of privacy and publicity and proposes a continuum model instead of a simple dichotomy. In this commentary, we argue that Ford's proposed model does not go far enough to break down the problematic dichotomous thinking and propose a further reconceptualization of privacy and publicity as a dialectic.
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Keywords: ICTs; Web 2.0; continuum; dialectic; privacy; publicity; social change; sociology; surveillance; theory

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Maryland, College Park, USA 2: [email protected], Email: [email protected], URL:"> University of Maryland, College Park, USA< xmlns:xlink="" xlink:href="">[email protected], Email: [email protected], URL:

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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