First, the newsfolk protected public personalities from private scandals; everybody knew of President Kennedy’s Great Lover tendencies but such weren’t news until Bill Clinton came along. Then we had the Era of Scandal as the private peccadillos of the powerful became daily amusement for multitudes, including younger and younger children thanks to public sex education. Now it’s only a scandal for Republican politicians, right?
Even age-old government spying has had to be revised; how can anyone rely on the famous ‘honey trap’ in the era of 007 movies? Well, unless you’re entrapping the Pope, maybe. So the general loss of privacy that our wonderful new gadgets has provided has become a ho-hum sort of thing for most of us. People do sexting on the Internet, kids, too; who’s left to scandalize?
Not only can your webcam be hacked to watch you but tiny wireless cameras can be hidden most anywhere now–sound, too if desired. I suspect most have already lost enough shyness that we’re headed into a society of: “Who cares who’s watching?” or even of more competitive exhibitionists.
Which I guess is ok if that’s your thing, as it increasingly seems to be. But now, we’ve got the government joining in. It seems ok for the government to be indulging its voyeurism on mysterious Oriental spies or bearded bomb throwers or drug cartel folk but a mass-production peep show of all of us in our daily private lives? Govt Spying Up 122% Since 2009 can fill you in on the trend.
And the whole thing is expanding to other layers of government and to wider purposes. Cameras At City Limits will enlarge your horizons on some of that sort of thing. Add to that, they’re saying that government wants the new, Internet-connected car models coming out in the near future to be easily located via GPS. And they’ll have webcams too, I suppose. Yeah…
There’s some interesting government stuff going on right now, too, catch this: Mysterious Govt Cameras. Seems, on investigating a suspicious government honcho, they found a closed, locked room with almost nobody allowed in where a single person secretly monitored some 500 cameras watching all over the place. Utterly, as the story says, mysterious! And that’s live action, not supposings or guesses.
So I suppose that privacy, let alone modesty, is becoming a historical concept, like Christianity and the Constitution. Casual Friday at the office will likely be clothing optional, since there’s nothing hidden anymore. Maybe folk with something to hide, will mask their faces… And it just might resolve the current obesity thing overnight!
So, whether you’re at home, in your car, at work or on the street: SMILE! You’re on Candid Camera!