Monday, November 21, 2011
Posted by dkuehn at 12:33 PM
...because I always thought the real problem with 1984 society was the perpetual war, the one party state, and the prosecution of thoughtcrime.
Which isn't to say I disagree with Sumner about how unnerving modern surveillance is. It's also not to say that I think everything is perfect about modern society. It just seems to completely miss the forest for the trees to point to the surveillance state and write "1984 has arrived".
I'd personally rather live in a society that didn't have near-perfect surveillance. It just seems like a nicer place. But this seems like a very tough thing to draw the line on. The only difference between these cameras and a watchful beat cop is the efficiency with which they observe not what they're doing. As far as I know they don't have these cameras in private residences. Of course it's unsettling, but I find it less unsettling than an actual violation of rights in a less technologically advanced state.