The Internet as a mass medium is still relatively young, so it’s no surprise that its function in society and in our daily lives is still being defined. One important question concerns the nature of our actions online: to what extent are they public? Here’s one rather extreme view, expressed by Jürgen Maurer, vice-president of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, as reported by Der Spiegel (original in German):
Anyone on the Internet has left the private sphere, and finds themselves in a kind of public sphere.
Suck my fucking dick, you German prick!