2010 will always be remembered as the year when presidents, prime ministers and industrialists found their beliefs, prejudices, back-up plans and backroom talks exposed to the world.
We really have come a long way.
From the days of total privacy for the common man, to the ambitions of 15 minutes of fame for everyone. From Facebook and Twitter over-exposure, to the urge for just 15 minutes of privacy...
But one thing was always by and large intact. VVIP privacy. Government leaders and industrialists generally went about doing their business. A leak would come once in a while.
Nobody knows what happened to Netaji and what Jawaharlal Nehru really said about his disappearance behind closed doors.
Nobody still knows the full JFK story.
The explosive Richard Nixon tapes were released when nobody pretty much cared.
There was only the occasional scoop, snoop or spycam story.
But in this instant age, stories are coming out instantly and in a torrent.
Image: President Richard Nixon seen on the telephone in this June 1972 photo taken in the Oval Office.
Text: Sunil Rajguru, Bangalore-based journalist and blogger
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons