Thursday, October 19, 2006

We are the watchers

7/7 bombers"Cameras appeal to public prurience. They offer glimpses of a perpetrator or a victim: little Jamie Bulger being led away, four young men with rucksacks on a day trip to London. They tell true-crime stories to make the flesh creep, but the flesh only creeps because we know how the story turns out. There’s nothing informative in prospect about such pictures, but they give a thrill of fear in safe, modern lives. No wonder some studies show that CCTV increases the fear of crime. 'Security' is a sign of insecurity, and it breeds more insecurity." —Guy Herbert (thanks, Terri!)

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