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i love charlie brooker.

so apparently in Middlesbrough, UK, they're going to start employing the use of CCTV that will shout at you if you're doing something wrong.

as in, if a security camera sees you litter or try to steal a traffic cone, that security camera will actually shout something at you as a means of law enforcement. In news reports, they stated that "childern's voices are to be used initially to make the encounter less confrontational.

eventually this is supposed to flood the UK.

Charlie Brooker's reaction? [essentially, scrap this plan and just start making Dalek street patrols].

I get the impression that if someone tried to make an opinion column like that in the US, it would get censored under our current government.

good times.

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zqfmbg
Apr. 9th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
it's not that it gets explicitly censored. it's just that the mass media and cnn and fox and everyone will ignore it, and so nobody except for a select few will ever know about it. that's not censorship; that's prioritization!

oh, and mass lollage at coprophilia</a>.
zqfmbg
Apr. 9th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
hi, I suck at closing html tags. <3
taren_
Apr. 10th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
if it doesn't involve troops dying and/or politics, US media doesn't care. "insurgents" is the bullshit-password in the states more than "interactive" because most viewers don't understand what it means.

so i tend to have cynical views about the local intelligence levels.

but the article is AMAZING. Angry British people rule. And I agree, it appears that R&D is become an extinct species. Hey let's install shouting cameras and use negative reinforcement to condition people to avoid certain areas of town and develop intense paranoia. GREAT IDEA. APPROVED.
kitsuneracer
Apr. 10th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Gogo Dalek patrol! Would just have to make sure they don't kill first, ask questions later..
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