London’s Metropolitan police has launched a new counter-terrorism campaign complete with anti-photography propaganda.
It’s very interesting, considering the following;
Within 200 yards of George Orwell’s flat 27B overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London, there are thirty-two CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras.
Orwell’s view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights.
The flat’s rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.
Britain now has over 4.2 million cameras – that’s one for every fourteen people. A typical citizen is caught on camera an average of 300 times per day.
It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. “Reality control,” they called it: in Newspeak, “doublethink.” – George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty Four)
Via BoingBoing & Technovelgy
“If the inmates are cvtnicos, there is no danger of a plot, an attempt at collective escape, the planning of new crimes for the future, bad reciprocal influences; if they are patients, there is no danger of contagion; if they are madmen there is no risk of their committing violence upon one another; if they are schoolchildren, there is no copying, no noise, no chatter, no waste of time; if they are workers, there are no disorders, no theft, no coalitions, none of those distractions that slow down the rate of work, make it less perfect or cause accidents.”Michel Foucalt