DISCUSSION: Lines 33-37 cover this. But really, you can answer this question by asking yourself: why do people make voicemail greetings? The answer is: they’re public messages left so that other people can hear them.
The author is making an analogy. Open webpages are likewise pages that have been made available for all to see. Both voicemails and public websites are made to be heard or viewed.
- The digital analogy isn’t necessary. The author could also have made their point by talking about, say, an “open” sign on the outside of a store. (E.g. Give someone a street address, and they can see if the store is open. The message “open” is available for public viewing.)
- The author didn’t say this. I suspect it is copyright infringement to record a voicemail message and put it on Youtube, for example.
- This is something that’s true about voicemails, but it isn’t the reason the author told us about them. Lots of things are virtually instantaneous, but irrelevant to copyright.
- This is crazy! Would you like it if people recorded your voicemail greeting and started broadcasting it? Probably not.
The reason this is wrong is that it isn’t in the passage, but you should always suspect that crazy answers aren’t in the passage.
- CORRECT. This is the important point. When you leave a voicemail greeting, you want people to be able to hear it. Likewise, when a site owner makes a public page, they want people to be able to see it.
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