You didn’t get much privacy in a town of 1,000 people. Neither three-or-more-in-a-bed in a back-to-back. Nor working 12-14 hour days in the pits.
The argument: our last 100 years of increasing privacy (should we read it as withdrawal from society?) are hugely unusual in the lifetime of human societies.
Baggini’s interesting question is this: does thinking of everything through a contextual manner (such as for publication on a social network, through a viewfinder) mean that there is less space for simple reflection of the self?