Registered: May 2011
Location: United States
quote: I know. I remember when I was in elementary school (primary I think it is for you international folk) when they installed a video camera on the bus. I just remember feeling uncomfortable and everyday I would ride to and from school crouched down in the seat.
Originally posted by Nicotine.Head
So you're quitting or that just happened? Either way congrats!
And yes, surveillance cameras annoy the crap out of me as well. Sometimes you find them in the most ridiculous places.
I can see having one for your property. I had my dog out on his lead one day and when I went out to get him, his collar was still there, but it was unsnapped. So the only thing I can think of was someone came over and let him loose. There is no way he could have undone it himself. It's hard enough to get the damn thing off with thumbs. So for things like that, it would be useful.
I read an article about surveillance and it was about New York and the statue of liberty and how there are hundreds of cameras that are monitered by software that dectects when something like a bookbag was left by a bench or if someone's behavior is bizarre.
And I know all of these things are in place for the name of good. But you also have to consider their power when used for nefarious deeds. I really wish people had the mentality that existed in the 60s. There are so many things that should be protested.
Back when I was in high school, I watched something on public access and it was the principal and he was saying something about the cameras in the school. Well the middle school didn't have any in the building at all. The high school had them at entrances and a couple of the hallways and in the cafeteria. Right around the time I left, there were 16 in the building. But because of some prank bomb threats, security was increased. The number of cameras then jumped to 48 or something. It was insane.
I don't want to live in a constantly patroled world. Yes, there are sick people out there who want to do harm to people. But those are the minority.
Whenever I see a camera I think "what all could that catch?" Like in high school there was a camera that monitered the hallway to the gym and mens locker room. If a guy came down shirtless or took his shirt off before he went upstair, it would be on camera. And yeah, it's out in the open and anyone present would be able to see it regardless. So it's on film, the principals have access to the cameras. Say one of them has a fondness for kids. He pulls up the tape and films it with his camera or copies the file for his own use at home. Now you've got some middle aged guy getting primal to a video of a young man half dressed. And it could go on for years unless a mistep is taken.
This has gotten really long. I doubt any of you have read this far, but I just have strong feelings on the matter. The digital era is a great, wonderful, powerful, useful, scary and dangerous thing. It's allowed us to do things that were only imagined and beyond. But a lot of laws are still set in the stone age. And without proper laws to offer reprecussions, offenders can get off on a loophole, because there wasn't a law that was broken.
It's like Simon's original thought. The one photo could go anywhere from Facebook to Tumbler to Twitter to Flickr to Perez Hilton to Gawker to TheDirty.com to an employer or a relative or a pervert.
k, i'm done
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