Friday, April 10, 2009

Who watches the watchers watching us watching them?

Bob Quick’s career is sunk because he let himself be photographed while carrying papers displaying details of a counter-terrorist operation. Pesky zoom lenses.

The unnamed riot officer who assaulted Ian Tomlinson will (presumably) be sunk by his rotten luck in being captured on film (as well as the rotten luck of having his victim die shortly afterwards, although on that count I’m more inclined to sympathise with Mr Tomlinson and his family).

As we know, only the innocent have anything to fear from surveillance.

On that subject, I’ve seen this ad in a couple of Tube stations lately:

The caption reads:

A bomb won’t go off here because weeks before a shopper reported someone studying the CCTV cameras

So, rather than CCTV cameras being there to watch us for our own protection, we’re now supposed to watch them for their own protection, as well as watching anyone else who might be watching them for nefarious purposes… My head hurts.

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