Pursuer and pursued replaced by real and virtual?

McDonough also points out the reversibility of the positions of the pursuer and pursued. McDonough calls this a “mutual choreography through the city,” propelled by a shared desire for the other. This would be followed in the 70’s by a favor of automotive over pedestrian access, a turning away from the street, and massive structures forming micro-universes in the city and abolishing public spaces. This, perhaps, was an elimination of the streets potential for volatile mixing of people and uses. These “indoor theme parks” gave the experience of a street without the associated dangers. However, today is an era not of suburban sprawl but of a return to the city from suburban retreats. Arguably we are also in an era, though, of increased paranoia and surveillance brought on by technology. What are the implications of an era of suspicion and decreasing sense of privacy for the interactions of strangers in the city? Are perhaps strangers in the city paid less attention to by mutual “flaneurs” and increased attention and fear is paid to more abstract powers of surveillance attached to technologies? Is there less concern with the "real" interactions of the urban street and increasing anxiety over the virtual world and virtual flaneurship afforded by technology?