Lurk and Learn:Secrecy and Exhibitionism in the Public Forum
lurk, v.To hide oneself; to lie in ambush; to remainfurtively or unobserved about one spot. (O.E.D)lurker, n.“In Internet culture…a person who readsdiscussions on a message board, newsgroup,chatroom, file sharing or other interactive system,but rarely or never participates actively.” (Wikipedia)
“PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.”(description under the first card of every new update)
exhibitionism, n.A psycho sexual disorder characterized by thecompulsion to display ones genitals in public.Also more generally: a tendency towards display;indulgence in extravagant behaviour. (OED)
neo-exhibitionism, n.The freedom of behavior that accompaniesanonymity, revealed by both the compulsion toreveal personal information to complete strangersand to bear witness to private confessions made bycomplete strangers.
Not So Secret:Those little black bars aren’tgoing to cut it .