Web cams in public spaces are a fact of life. Also, individuals with video-equipped phones have changed our way of life. In a nutshell, abusive people can’t get away with what they used to get away with, because chances are they’ll be videoed and perhaps charged.
That’s the plus side.
The down side, detractors say, is that we lose some degree of our human rights and freedoms. Supporters will rejoinder that public cams enhance human rights, because nobody has the right to harm another or trangsress their right to live in peace.
This debate has been going on for decades. In its political form, probably for centuries.
I first read about it in Zygmunt Bauman’s book, Socialism The Active Utopia. But subconsciously I’ve been aware of it since my teens. Power, government, freedom. It’s a delicate balance.
- Turkish court jails 6 human rights activists pending trial (stripes.com)
- Lowry: No way China’s ready to replace U.S. (bostonherald.com)
- 50 incredible public-space transformations captured by Google Street View (businessinsider.com)
- Privacy campaigners are outraged with Theresa May’s ‘draconian’ internet regulation plans (businessinsider.com)