A poll is debated in the NY times, showing that, especially after the Boston attacks, acceptance of surveillance by the state has grown.
On the topic of cameras; one sentence struk me:
“There are cameras in stores and supermarkets. Our families would be safer and surveillance cameras would provide evidence to help agencies pursue people, like they just did in Boston.”(taken from poll).
This begs the question why, despite all research done in Surveillance Studies, people are still making connections between CCTV and prevention. Not knowing the entire poll, here I would ask the utterer of this qoute how exactly cameras in stores and supermarkets make these places safer? I would argue that what happened in boston reveals the opposite; that despite the presence of CCTV, attacks took place anyway. Hence, for offendors, a CCTV camera is apparently not a valid or convincing reason to NOT commit a crime.
In any case, it’s an inetesting poll, becasue is shows how slowlsy but gradually a ‘control’ state is shaping (be this deliberately or not) and how individual rights and privacy are sacrificed for ‘the greater good’ of fighting ‘terrorism’. (anyone remember the highschool shootings in the States last year? Strangely that was not labelled as terrrorism…)
read article here: NYtimes