Why I do I find this public service announcement by the City of Los Angeles so very very creepy? They use phrases like:
“…if you smell something suspicious”
“…let the experts decide”
It just seems to me like this type of appeal is much more suited for futuristic television set, say, in a movie like V for Vendetta or 1984 something. There is a good mix of minorities thrown in for good measure so that you know racial profiling won’t even be an issue. Well, if minority actors say it is ok then it must be.
Here is a Fox Opinion Channel story about iWatch which seems to endorse big brother. The hypocrisy is amazing:
The ACLU is not happy:
“iWatch actively encourages people to report a variety of ordinary activities,” ACLU staff attorney Peter Bibring was quoted by Xinhua, “such as people wearing clothes that are too big, or who are drawing buildings, or who are doing something else that could be innocuous. That could lead to racial and religious profiling.”
Chief Bratton has dismissed such fears about the program, calling it a “Neighborhood Watch of the 21st century.” A few days ago he told NPR’s Neal Conan, “I can appreciate what the ACLU is trying to say in this case. But if we’re to follow that logic to its conclusion, then we would say to the American public, never report anything because it might be perceived as a bias, it might be perceived as a prejudice.” [Link]