Their laundry was the only thing out in public, nakedly swaying in the wind, revealing the richness or poverty of the household by the tears, wears and general condition of the household. Mother was a careful housekeeper. She checked the wash for needed repairs both before and after it had been submitted to public scrutiny. She never left the house without putting her best face on, and she shared very little with nosy neighbors. And she knew them and their ancestors!
Well, those days are all gone, forgotten, as all of us set out our garbage by the curb without a thought of what its says about us, our consumption or lack of same. We now broadcast our inner-most secrets on the biggest line of all, the internet and its myriad of social networks. We leave breadcrumbs all over the place.
We trust people.
We trust their intentions.
We buy and sell, and reveal our medical and financial history to anyone willing to listen.
It feels great to shout out, as we did as children, Look at me, Mom! Watch Me, Dad!
Now, if you get pestered with ads, don't blame the salesman. You asked him/her to pay attention to your needs.