From London’s Daily Telegraph: According to recent studies, Britain has 4.2million CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people in the country – which amounts to 20 per cent of the global camera total. It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.
The latest gadget to help police British streets is the talking camera. The big brothers watching the goings on can say, “You there, yes you wearing the red shirt: go back and pick up that Snickers wrapper.” You can read the whole story here.
I personally find the whole thing creepy, but maybe that’s because at heart I’m still a good ole American boy and feel that even if I’m not doing anything wrong, I value my personal freedom and don’t want some policeman looking over my shoulder.
But maybe I’m wrong, and I can think of applications within church life. Cameras in every church hooked up to Vatican Central: “Now Father, you know liturgical dancers aren’t allowed, and what are you doing using glass chalices, and could we please get rid of those felt banners?”