Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Big Brother

I saw something on the news last night which disturbed me. They had set up cameras all over the place in a state I can't remember. I'm thinking east coast.
They hired people to just sit there and watch any "suspicious characters."
Granted, some drug dealers were caught. The cameras certainly cleaned up one neighborhood. But here's my problem: lack of privacy.
Don't get me wrong. I am not approving of drugs, murder, robbery, etc. CERTAINLY NOT. But I am irritated by the lack of privacy. I do NOT want to be caught on tape working on a wedgie or wiping my nose. *shuddering* And then being on "World's Most Shocking Videos." Ya know.

And what exactly constitutes a "suspicious character"? I'm a thirtysomething white girl with a drawl. Am I a suspicious character? Hardly. But who can tell nowadays? There was a man in the city yesterday who robbed a bank with his wife and THIRTEEN year old son. Appalling, isn't it?

I simply think this will be another means of gaining access to things that need to be kept private. I LOVE my privacy. I covet it. And slowly, but surely, it is being taken away. The only place where I even have a smidget of privacy is in my own home. And since I have several children, that has gone the way of the wind, too.
I have rights. I suppose that being in a public place negates some of that. But isn't it a shame?


Michelle said...

We have cameras installed in the school where I work. On one hand, I have to remember not to pick the wedgies. :o On the other, if a kid says--but I didn't shove him into the locker!!--we can just rewind the tape and show him. So it kinda goes both ways...

chryscat said...

Michelle: YES! I agree. I'm such a privacy freak. This just really hit a nerve.

Eva Gale said...

I covet my privacy too and I feel the same way. I just do not believe people will not use this stuff for nefarious purposes. I'm a cynic.