In Chapter 4 of Little Brother, Doctorow gives a great definition and explanation of what privacy is and how it is sometimes construed in the modern age when he relates keeping information private and going to the bathroom. He explains that there is not anything inherently wrong, weird, or shameful about going to the bathroom, but that everyone would be hesitant about doing it in public with hundreds of people watching. Of course we would all agree with this, so then why is it wrong to keep some things we do on the internet private? The answer that Doctorow wants to get across is that it is not wrong at all, "it's about your life belonging to you."
The reason this particular passage stood out to me the most was because I have always agreed that you should be allowed to keep certain things private on the internet without it being considered weird or wrong, but I never could really come up with a really good reason why. When I read this part of the novel, I was frankly kind of amazed. An analogy that seems so far-fetched at first glance, worked perfectly to explain how I feel about privacy on the Internet. That particular passage was so well done and relatable that after reading it I found myself being much more empathetic towards Marcus as the novel progressed.
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