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The everyone show
So, here in the UK we have an insanely large proportion of the world's CCTV cameras. Something like 25% if my source is correct.

And we also have such TV gems as Big Brother, You've been Framed, and assorted 'fly on the wall' documentaries.

Surely that's just plain inefficient? I propose we create a new form of viewing, called 'the everyone show'.
What we do, is hook up our CCTV grid to the net, and make it public access. And allow people to tag and rate clips, on a 'you tube' style portal. A collection of the weeks finest moments is then formatted into a round up show, and presented on national TV. Maybe there's even enough for multiple?

I mean, we're already paying for those cameras anyway, we may as well use them. And it's not like it's invasion of privacy, because that privacy was already gone anyway.
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elrohana From: elrohana Date: February 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't that sound vaguely like The Truman Show? Scary...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 17th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh it's better than that. I mean, that was just one person.
fishrgreat From: fishrgreat Date: February 17th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was a local council I think who trialed putting the feeds on the net to watch. Loads of people got arrested, cos people kept ringing in to tell the police what they we're watching...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 17th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
There we go. Another benefit of this excellent plan - better crime detection rates.
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 17th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really - the cameras are already doing that. It's just increasing the number of watchers in the panopticon prison.
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 18th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you assuming that all the cameras in the uk currently _aren't_ being observed?
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 18th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, but they could be. Which I thought was rather the point of the panopticon concept - that the gaoler could be watching at any time.
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jorune From: jorune Date: February 18th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
What is your security clearance, Friend Citizen?
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: February 18th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't: if you view an image of a police officer on one of these cameras you will probably be breaking the law...!
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