Aus: If everyone was your Brother
Why worry about Big Brother if everyone is your Brother?
It’s becoming more common to tap into the wisdom of the crowds, peoples’ power, citizen journalism. Major news channels like CNN and BBC now routinely include videos shot by everyday people which, in many cases, allow broadcasting footage that would otherwise never have been captured.
But, I think the New South Wales Police in Australia are going too far and, in my opinion, are close to promoting vigilantism.
According to an article in ZDNet Australia NSW Police ask public to be cameraphone cops, “NSW Police Minister, David Campbell, has revealed details of a new project encouraging citizens to capture video and photographic evidence of crimes on their phones and upload it securely over the Web to law enforcement agencies.”
OK, so I risk my life, jump over the fence, and through a gap in my neighbour’s curtains covertly use my mobile phone to film him putting a plastic bottle in the recycle bin without washing it first. Am I a hero or just a male version of a Desperate Housewife?
And what about that awful driver who can’t get his around a simple rule: at an intersection, when both cars are turning right, if the other car is on your right, that car has the right of way otherwise you have the right of way? Quick, whip out the mobile phone.
And what about that awful lady who thinks that just because the dog park is five steps from her gate, she doesn’t have to put her dog on a leash? Quick, whip out the mobile phone.
And what about…