Blog Entry # 9

A response to:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/pregnant-burglar-caught-camera-breaking-home-article-1.1293788#ixzz2OBYcuj8e

Take a look at the article above. Hmmm. I don’t really want us to focus on the robbery so much as about the idea of having cameras all around us. Are we on video all the time not matter where we go? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? What justification either for or against can you offer about the ubiquitous nature of cameras and videos?

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Oh dear, this is a troubling topic indeed. I see both sides of this argument. Cameras can be a slippery slope; clearly they can be an effective tool to protect a person’s life and liberty. They can also be a platform upon which an Orwellian nanny-state is established.

Clearly the homeowner who installed this camera had every reason to be paranoid, but there is a difference between home defense and creepy surveillance.

I’ll site this NPR article about our communist rivals to the East:

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/29/170469038/in-china-beware-a-camera-may-be-watching-you

To a degree, I suppose I can see the value in cameras as a crime deterrent. Certainly people behave differently when they are aware that they are being watched. There is research to support that fact:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-the-illusion-of-being-observed-can-make-you-better-person

However, it is to be noted that a technology as ubiquitous as this has that nasty tendency to be used in a sinister fashion. I would follow an eye-for-an-eye method; If your neighbor thinks it’s a good idea to watch you, maybe it is a good idea for you to watch them back. 

I can’t say that I like big brother assuming that we’re all animals, prone to criminal activity and innately untrustworthy. I would suggest that if whoever is behind these cameras views the general public in such a condescending way, then perhaps it is he who is untrustworthy. 

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