Social media is not to blame for all our ills. We must delve deeper into our culture
London is full of Pops. From the area around City Hall to parts of the Olympic Park, there are dozens of “privately owned public spaces”. Places that appear to be public but are owned by a private corporations and have their own regulations – many, for instance, ban the homeless or protesters – and their own forms of policing. Owners are not obliged to make public the rules by which they control their space.
It’s not just physical spaces that are Pops, social media spaces are too. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram all act as public spaces, essential both for maintaining personal connections and for engaging in democratic debate, but all are owned by private companies that impose their own rules, often without transparency or consistency.